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Federal (USV)


Obadiah Palmer

(1838 - 1878)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 45th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, he mustered into service as Private, Company F, 45th Pennsylvania Infantry on 17 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left foot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital near the battlefield and his foot was amputated. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 29 September and he was transferred to another hospital on 29 December. He was discharged for disability on 6 March 1863.

After the War

By 1875 he was living in Fremont, Sullivan County, NY, and he died of an opium overdose at about age 40 in 1878.

References & notes

Service information from Bates.1. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Angeline Armstrong (1842-1902) in 1860 and they had 5 children, all born in Equinunk, PA 1862-1872.


1838; Manchester, Wayne County, PA


08/08/1878; Binghamton, NY; burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Dickinson, NY


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11497]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #654  [AotW citation 23031]