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Federal (USV)


Elijah R. Hunt

(1838 - 1863)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 71st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, he enlisted on 17 April 1861 in Philadelphia and mustered as Corporal, Company D, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 June in New York City.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left hip and thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Stone House field hospital on the Joseph Poffenberger farm near Sharpsburg and admitted to the City Hotel hospital in Frederick, MD on 28 September. He was moved to the Jail Street hospital on 19 November, to the US Hotel hospital on 31 December, and US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick on 20 January 1863. He suffered from a skin infection and some emaciation but continued in "good condition comparatively". On 23 February surgeons determined he needed surgery to remove damaged bone at his hip joint. Hunt "rallied partially" but died from the shock of surgery two days later on 25 February 1863.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3 and Otis,4 as Private Edward Hunt. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Ann Cooper (1831-) in about 1859 and they had two sons, William Henry and Elijah Rothwell, both born in Philadelphia.


08/20/1838 in ENGLAND


02/25/1863; Frederick, MD; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11708]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23347]

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. 258  [AotW citation 23348]

4   Otis, George Alexander, A Report on Excisions of the Head of the Femur for Gunshot Injury, Washington: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1869, pg. 49  [AotW citation 23349]