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Federal (USV)


Miles Zentmyer

(1842 - 1911)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 125th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted and mustered as Private, Company C, 125th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal to date from 17 September 1862 and was in action again at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863. He mustered out on 18 May 1863 at Harrisburg, PA. He then studied law in Huntington and was a school teacher. He enlisted again, on 25 February 1865 as Private, (new) Company F, 77th Pennsylvania Infantry and was appointed First Lieutenant on 1 March. He was discharged 6 December, in Victoria TX and mustered out with his Company at Philadelphia on 16 January 1866.

After the War

He was admitted to the bar in August 1869 and practiced law in Huntington. He moved to Schuyler in Colfax County, NE in 1873, continued to practice law, was in real estate, and was part owner of the Schuyler Herald. He ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska in 1876, was City Attorney, and was elected County Judge in 1881. He was commandant of the Grand Island (NE) Soldier's and Sailor's Home about 1892.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1. Life dates from family genealogists. Further details and his presence at Antietam (and Chancellorsville) from a bio sketch in A.T. Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska (1882). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Jane "Jennie" McNamara Crewitt (1849-1935) in 1874 and they had 6 children, the last 3 of whom survived to adulthood.

More on the Web

See an excellent collection of personal artifacts and documents related to Miles from great-grandson Gary Zentmyer.


06/25/1842; Spruce Creek, PA


09/18/1911; Schuyler, NE; burial in Schuyler Cemetery, Schuyler, NE


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. IV, pp. 114 - 115; Vol. II, pg. 1014  [AotW citation 1282]