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Federal (USV)


Charles A. Keyser

(? - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old shoemaker in Norristown, he enlisted and mustered in Harrisburg on 20 April 1861 as Private, Company B, 4th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months's service. He mustered out with them on 27 July 1861. Soon after, on 31 August he enrolled again, in Norristown, and mustered as Private, Company A, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 September 1861 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital near Keedysville, MD, but died there of wounds on 30 September 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 Hospital detail from Nelson.3


09/30/1862; Keedysville, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11558]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23107]

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. 274  [AotW citation 23108]