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W.H. Andrews

W.H. Andrews

Federal (USV)

Captain

William H. Andrews

"Will"

(1835 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1857 he was First Lieutenant of the Reading Artillerists, a local militia Company. They mustered as Company G of the 1st Pennsylvania Infantry - Will as a Private - on 20 April 1861 for 90 days Federal service and mustered out on 24 July.

He was briefly Captain of the Artillerists in 1862 in state service and on 5 August 1862, then age 27, he enrolled with them for national service again, in Reading, as Company E of the new 128th Pennsylvania Infantry. He mustered for 3 years service as their Captain on 14 August in Harrisburg. He led the regiment to Washington DC later that month as the senior Captain - the field officers had not yet been appointed

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. At least one genealogist has his birth on 11 April 1837. His picture from a photograph contributed by user llcrookshank in the FamilySearch database.

He married Rebecca Wells (1838-1860) in July 1859 but she died the following September.

Birth

04/04/1835; Reading, PA

Death

09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA

Notes

1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11156]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23908]