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H.F. Devol

H.F. Devol

Federal (USV)


Hiram Fosdick Devol

(1831 - 1912)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 36th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a successful 28 year old farmer in Waterford Township, Washington County, OH. He was commissioned Captain of Company A, 36th Ohio Infantry on 13 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He led his Company in pushing Confederate skirmishers back across the Lower Bridge over the Antietam on the morning of 16 September, and assumed command of the regiment after Lieutenant Colonel Clarke was killed on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted Major to date from 7 September 1862, though he probably did not know of his commission until later, and to Lieutenant Colonel on 21 October 1862, to date from 17 September. He was promoted to Colonel of the Regiment on 19 March 1864. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General on 13 March 1865, and mustered out of service on 17 July 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a retail dry goods merchant in Waterford, OH. He went to Kansas City in about 1881 and in June 1889 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue there. He had retired in Kansas City by 1910.

References & notes

Campaign information from Carman1, who has him as H.F. Duval. Service details from Heitman2 and the Roster3; Carman and the Roster have him as Hiram F Duval. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880, 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV in the collection of the Ohio Historical Society.


08/06/1831; Waterford Township, OH


11/12/1912; Kansas City, MO; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, MO


1   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. 2, pp. 25, 538  [AotW citation 10629]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 370  [AotW citation 10630]

3   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pg. 638  [AotW citation 10631]