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Federal (USV)


Thomas Forest Betton Tapper

(1823 - 1885)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Company Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Pennsylvania Reserves


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

A first generation American, he had been a factory and farm laborer, carpenter, and just before the war, machinist and engineer. He helped raise troops at the start of the War, and was appointed Captain, Company G , 4th Reserves on 29 May 1861. He was wounded in action (30 June 1861) on the Peninsula Campaign, and fought at Second Bull Run. 1

On the Campaign

After the battles at South Mountain and Antietam, he wrote the Regimental Reports as commanding officer - presumably because he was senior officer present at that time.

The rest of the War

He continued with the regiment seeing action at Fredericksburg and Cloyd's Mountain. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1 March 1863 and Colonel 10 May 1864. He mustered out of service with his Regiment in June 1864.1

After the War

A family geneologist believes he worked as engineer at the Philadelphia Post Office from at least 1856 to 1884.2


08/31/1823; Germantown, PA


02/02/1885; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, Martial Deeds Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: T. H. Davis & Co., 1876, pp. 722-723  [AotW citation 118]

2   Tapper Family Forum post by Merle L. of 31 January 2001 -, Incorporated, Genealogy.Com, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2004, <>, Source page:  [AotW citation 119]