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Federal (USV)


William K. Reifsnyder

(1825 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Reading on 5 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company E, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in his right leg action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital on the Hoffman farm near Keedysville, MD, and his leg was amputated at the thigh, but he died there of his wounds on 28 September 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register,2 which has him as 20 years old at enlistment. Wound details from Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1825; Reading, PA


09/28/1862; Keedysville, MD; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11191]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23912]

3   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. 361  [AotW citation 23913]