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D.O. Allen

D.O. Allen

Federal (USV)


Don Octave Allen

(1841 - 1928)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 111th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Raised on farms in New York (to 1853) and Ohio, he went to Warren County, PA at age 17 (about 1858) and was an oil driller there. He mustered into service as Private, Company F, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry on 25 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the left knee in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown field hospital near Sharpsburg and discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate on 11 January 1863.

After the War

He returned to Ohio and worked as a fireman on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad and was promoted to engineer after about 3 years. About 1880 he went to Plataka, FL and began work for the Florida Southern Railroad. By 1900 he was head locomotive engineer for the line, living in Punta Gorda, FL. He retired with a pension in 1912.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 His later occupation from the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Federal Censuses for Punta Gorda. Details from a sketch in Cutler's History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical (Vol. 3, 1923). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture from a photograph of unknown provenance posted by Thomas Jeremiason.

He married Mary Randall (1841-1925) in 1869 and they had 3 children together.


04/12/1841; Pulaski, Oswego County, NY


04/13/1928; Punta Gorda, FL; burial in Indian Spring Cemetery, Punta Gorda, FL


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. III, pg. 1042  [AotW citation 10927]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 112  [AotW citation 21686]