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Federal (USV)


James W. Hackenburg

(c. 1815 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 131st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 46 year old farmer in Bratton Township, Mifflin County, he enlisted on 7 August 1862 in Lewiston and mustered as First Sergeant, Company D, 131st Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 4 November 1862 with typhoid fever and died there the next day.

After the War

He was originally buried in Frederick but was reinterred in the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as a Private. His service from Bates2 and his card files, which have his age at enlistment as 43. Hospital details from the Patient List,3 as James W. Hackenbury. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Bratton (1815-1890) in 1845 and they had 3 children.

His oldest, James R. Hackenburg (b. 1842), was killed in action at Sailor's Creek, VA on 6 April 1865 with the 49th PA Infantry.


c. 1815


11/05/1862 Frederick, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3584]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 25210]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #424  [AotW citation 25211]