Joel B WannerHome State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Major of Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Mayor of Reading (Pa - 1856, 1861-62), he was elected Major of the Regiment on August 15, 1862, and subsequently commissioned by the Governor.
In the Antietam Campaign:
The Regiment advanced through East Woods and into the Cornfield at about 6:45 am. Col Croasdale was killed and LColonel Hammersly was severely wounded almost immediately. Major Wanner assumed command of the Regiment, and rallied the troops in position til relieved.
The remainder of the War:
After Antietam, Major Wanner resigned his commission, and resumed the duties of his office as Mayor of the city of Reading, which position he had left to recruit the regiment.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: 1868-1871, extracted online at Pennsylvania in the Civil War.
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