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Federal (USV)


Florentine H. Straub

(1831 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 31 year old machinist in Berks County, he enrolled in Reading on 4 June 1861 and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company D, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves on 28 July at "Camp McCall" in Washington, DC. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 19 November and to Captain on 1 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Major Briner of his regiment wrote:

I deeply regret to say that Capt. Straub, of my Company D, was killed while gallantly leading his men in the thickest of the fight. He fell by my side. I raised him up, and with the assistance of some of the men, we bore him off the field. He never spoke after he was shot. The ball entered his back on the right side and came out at his left breast. We were exposed to a cross-fire from the rebels as we were changing our position in front of their line. I had him carried about three miles to the rear, to the small village of Keitsville, where he was buried for the present.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 The quote above Briner's letter in the Reading Times of 22 September 1862, thanks to the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps Historical Society via Facebook. His gravesite is on Findagrave.




09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Aulenbach's Cemetery, Mount Penn, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11476]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23925]