Silas Gore served with the 141st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was a blacksmith and farmer by trade and hailed from Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He came from a long line of patriot soldiers.

Silas was in the Battle of Fredericksburg, where he lost a brother, Samuel Gore, who was serving in the 57th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Samuel was a medical aide who was shot through the neck by a Confederate sniper while helping the wounded on the battlefield. Two more brothers served in the Union Army. John Gore, who was in the 150th New York Engineers, died of heat exhaustion while on the march in Beauford, South Carolina. Another brother, Hollis Gore, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, was shot in the groin and suffered from this wound for the rest of his life. And finally, another brother, Elijah Gore, had gone South before the war. When the war broke out, he joined the Louisiana Cavalry and fought for the Confederate States of America, against his own brothers.

Silas Gore was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. His regiment was part of the valiant stand of the Third Corps in the Peach Orchard. The regiment suffered heavy losses with 150 men killed or wounded out of the 204 men who took the field. This has been listed as one of the heaviest losses of any regiment, percentage wise, at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Silas Gore's body was never identified and he is presumed buried in the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. He left behind a wife, Jerusha Jane (Tuttle) Gore, and a 1-1/2 year old daughter. Jerusha Gore married two more times and outlived all of her husbands. She died a pauper on a Civil War Veteran's pension in 1922.


"During her lifetime, Alice Temperance Weed was a prodigious saver. Cached in an old metal breadbox, painted green at some point in its long life (perhaps because some kitchen chairs were getting a coat of that shade) were letters, photos, bibles, and much more that had been saved. That the material endured the heat and cold of more than a century in many attics is a wonder."

Attached here are transcriptions of selected letters that were written to Alice Temperance by her Uncle, Silas Gore; the last of which was dated April, 1863.

"... In his rough, simple letters, he told her of his life as a soldier in the Civil War..."
(Reposted from, with permission from Tim Traver, descendant.)