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Federal (USV)


Thomas Hare

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 89th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18 years. Enlisted September 16, 1861, at Rochester, to serve three years; mustered in as Private, Co. D, September 30, 1861

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

On 22 September 1862, Major General McClellan, commanding the Army of the Potomac, sent the following to Brigadier General Thomas, Adjutant General of the Army:

GENERAL: There will be sent to you, with other trophies of the engagement on Antietam Creek, a battle-flag which was taken by Private Thomas Hare, of Company D, Eighty-ninth Regiment New York Volunteers, in the most gallant manner. Private Hare was afterward killed. I beg that a copy of this letter may be referred to the Commissioner of Pensions, with the request that he will extend every facility to the family of the deceased in obtaining readily the pension to which they are entitled under the law. I also request that this communication may be laid before that President, with the hope that he will be pleased to ask of Congress to mark their appreciation of the gallantry and devotion of Private Hare by some additional provision for his family, or in any other way in which they may see fit.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1. First credited by Major Jardine with capturing the flag of a South Carolina regiment at Antietam. General McClellan's note is in the OR.2


c. 1843


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, for the Year 1901 (Issue 31), pp. 230 -   [AotW citation 12455]

2   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Antietam - Serial 27) , Pg. 182  [AotW citation 12477]