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Federal (USA)


Bernhard Wever

(1836 - 1873)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Battalion New York Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

Age 27, he enrolled in New York City and mustered as First Lieutenant, Company C, 1st Battalion New York Light Artillery (later named the 31st Independent Battery) on 20 August 1861. He transferred to Company D (32nd Battery) on 15 January 1862. He transferred again, on 1 September 1862, to Company A (later 29th Battery).

On the Campaign

He commanded the Battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

On 5 March 1863 his Battery was re-designated as the 29th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery. He was commissioned Captain on 28 December 1863 (to date from 5 September), and he was discharged 7 September 1864.

After the War

He was a restauranteur in New York City, and was naturalized an American citizen in late 1872. He died shortly afterward, relatively young, at age 36.

References & notes

Service information from Phisterer.1 Details from Clemens2 and family genealogists.


09/05/1836; Elberfeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GERMANY


01/26/1873; Brooklyn, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pp. 1622, 1626, 1628  [AotW citation 17685]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 3, Appendix 3, pg. 304  [AotW citation 17686]