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Federal (USV)


William Henry Sowden

(1840 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Harvard Law, Class of 1865

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America with his father from England in about 1846. He mustered into service as Corporal, Company D, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He was safely brought off the field by Corporal Gresser, who was later awarded the Medal of Honor for that action.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company at the end of their term on 19 May 1863.

After the War

He studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1864. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1865. He was defeated when he ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1874 the US Congress in 1876 but was successful in 1884 and served two terms in the US House of Representatives (1885-89). He then resumed the practice of law in Allentown, PA. He was defeated when he ran for the Congress again in 1904.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Further details from his gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/06/1840; Cornwall, ENGLAND


03/03/1907; Allentown, PA; burial in Union-West End Cemetery, Allentown, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11195]