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Federal (USV)


William C. Eben

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a member of the Ringgold Light Artillery (mustered officially as Company A, 25th PA Infantry), and served as one of the "First Defenders", going with them to Washington, DC from April to August 1861, as a musician. On 31 August he enlisted in the Band of the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry and was discharged 21 June 1862. Enlisting for the third time, he mustered into service as First Sergeant, Company E, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the hip and thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Lyceum Hall hospital in Hagerstown, MD, but died of wounds there on 20 September 1862. He was initially buried in a plot near the Alms House in Hagerstown, but was reinterred in Reading, PA about 30 September 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1. His wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 Additional information from an article in the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom & Torch Light of 10 October 1862 (online from WHILBR) and his obituary of 30 September 1862 in the Reading (PA) Times (online from SHAF via Facebook). His gravesite is on Findagrave.




09/20/1862; Hagerstown, MD; burial in Saint Johns Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11166]

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. 198  [AotW citation 18280]