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E.M. Heyl

E.M. Heyl

Federal (USV)


Edward Miles Heyl

(1844 - 1895)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company E, 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry on 16 August 1861 and was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant, then First Sergeant of the Company. He was promoted to 2d Lieutenant, Company M on 8 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He later wrote that received his commission as Captain, Company M on the evening of 16 September and relinquished the position of Adjutant, which he had filled for a short time. He reported with the 20 men in his Company as orderlies to General Hooker on 17 September with duty to contain infantry stragglers.

The rest of the War

He was appointed First Lieutenant, 1 May 1863 and Captain on 2 May 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 24 August 1864.

After the War

He was appointed First Lieutenant, 9th US Cavalry on 28 July 1866 and promoted to Captain on 31 July 1867. He transferred to the 4th Cavalry on 31 December 1870. He was appointed Major and Inspector General on 19 February 1885 and Lieutenant Colonel in September that year. He was promoted to Colonel on 12 February 1889. He was honored by brevet to Major, USA on 27 February 1890 "for gallant service in actions against Indians at the Rio Pecos, TX 7 June 1869, at the Salt Fork of the Brazos River, TX 16 September 1869, and at the South Fork of the Stano River, TX 24 September 1869 in which last named action he was severely wounded". He died while in service as the Inspector General for the Department of the Missouri in 1895.

References & notes

Basic information, presence at Antietam, and his picture from Rawle1 with some details from Bates2 and Heitman3, source of the quote above. Further information from a sketch in the Virginia Historical Magazine (1896), posted online to the Internet Archive by JSTOR.


02/14/1844; Philadelphia, PA


01/02/1895 Chicago, IL; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Rawle, William Brooke, and Regimental History Committee, History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the American Civil War, 1861-1865, Philadelphia: Franklin Printing Company, 1905, pp. 119 - 125, 303  [AotW citation 13538]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13545]

3   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 527  [AotW citation 13553]