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Federal (USV)


Hardman P. Petrikin

(1832 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

Son of a prominent lawyer in Bellfonte, PA, he had been a clerk in the Receiver's Department at Lecompton, Kansas by about 1856. He mustered into service in Company E on 21 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the chest and captured while leading a squad of men from Companies E and I on picket near Confederate positions southeast of the East Woods on the evening of 16 September 1862 at Sharpsburg. Captain Robbins of the 4th Alabama Infantry went to his aid.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds at a Confederate field hospital near the Dunker Church early on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1, who has him as H.P. Petriken, and Hartwig2, who cites the National Tribune of 21 October 1891. He is mentioned also in Colonel Fisher's Report. Thanks to Steve Maczuga for publishing Bates' information in his excellent database.

More on the Web

See further details and a related post-War story in a fine post by John Banks.




09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11583]

2   Hartwig, D. Scott, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, pg. 646 (note 80)  [AotW citation 17036]