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F. P. Amsden

F. P. Amsden

Federal (USA)


Frank Power Amsden

(1839 - 1895)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery G

Before Antietam

Hometown: Scranton, PA. He joined the Battery, as Lieutenant, on 8 July 1861, at Philadelphia. Battery commander Capt Mark Kerns was mortally wounded at Second Bull Run (28 - 30 August 1862), where Lt Amsden assumed command.

On the Campaign

The Battery was not at Antietam on the 17th. It had been detailed to the defenses of Washington DC since September 6th.

The rest of the War

By the battle of Fredericksburg (December 1862) he was in command of the battery, and had been promoted Captain. He was wounded at Chancellorsville early in May 1863, and resigned due to disability on 25 May, returning to Scranton.

After the War

He was an architect and civil engineer until his death, working in the firm his father Joel founded, Amsden & Son, Scranton, PA.

References & notes

Photograph from the US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), scanned and posted online by Patricia Lynn Roth.


8/25/1839; Booneville, NY