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P. Kopp
P. Kopp

Federal (USV)

Captain

Peter Kopp

(? - 1862)
Home State: Indiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Bloomington, he was commissioned Captain of Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 30 August 1861. He was wounded in action at Winchester, VA on 25 May 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 ... "later in the day, when the exposure was considerable from overshots... The circumstances attending it were an illustration, both of the curious way casualties may come in battle and of their curious effects. The Captain had passed through the extreme exposure of the morning untouched. It is not unreasonable to suppose that many bullets were then fired at him directly, at short range, without any of them hitting him; but now he falls by a stray bullet, not fired at him at all".

"Another curious circumstance was that when first hit he supposed the injury was in his lower limbs. He exclaimed, apparently in great pain, that both of his legs were broken. As he was being carried to an ambulance, what was the surprise of all to see him suddenly rise up and walk? The wound was really in his body, but the spinal column had been injured".

The remainder of the War:
He died of his wound on 24 September 1862. He was reinterred from his original burial in Keedysville to the National Cemetery during or before 1867.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service data. the quoate above, and the photo here from Brown2.


Death Date: 09/24/1862    Death Place: Keedysville, MD    Burial Place: Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD



Notes

1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3750]

2   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pp. 170, 252, 597  [AotW citation 7958]



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