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Federal (USV)

Private

Charles Plopper

(1835 - 1862)

Home State: Illinois

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry

Before Antietam

A 26 year old Methodist preacher and farmer in Virgil, IL, he enlisted as Private, Company A, 8th Illinois Cavalry on 4 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at the Quebec Schoolhouse near Middletown, MD on 13 September 1862; his 27th birthday.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital in Boonsboro, MD but died there of wounds on 19 September.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 which says he was killed outright on 13 September. His mortal wounding from Hard.2 Personal and death details from family genealogists. He may be buried as an "unknown" in Antietam National Cemetery: one unidentified soldier from the 8th Illinois Cavalry was reinterred there from original burial at Boonsboro in about 1867.3

He married Nancy Maria Campbell (1839-1898) in Sheboygan, WI in December 1854 and they had 3 children.

Birth

09/13/1835; Martinsburgh, NY

Death

09/19/1862 Boonsboro, MD

Notes

1   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. 8, pg. 109  [AotW citation 25307]

2   Hard, Abner, History of the Eighth Cavalry Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, Aurora, IL: Abner Hard, 1868, pg. 176  [AotW citation 25311]

3   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869, pg. 63  [AotW citation 25310]