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Federal (USV)


Edward F. Brenner

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

From Pennsylvania, he enlisted as Private on 24 May 1839 in Company H, 5th US Infantry, and served as Corporal and Sergeant in that unit to 24 May 1844. He was then Private, Corporal and Sergeant in Companies D and F, 8th US Infantry, from 17 June 1844 to 14 September 1853, when he was promoted Ordnance Sergeant. He served in that rank to 31 March 1862, for 23 years of service. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, 4th US Infantry to date from February 1862. Appointed Regimental Quartermaster in August 1862. In action at Yorktown, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Manassas, and Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was dismissed from the Service on 24 October 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from Powell1, with pre-War service from Heitman2.


1   Powell, William Henry, A History of the Organization and Movements of the Fourth Regiment of Infantry, United States Army, Washington, DC: McGill and Witherow, Printers and Stereotypers, 1871, pp. 88 - 202  [AotW citation 13655]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 242  [AotW citation 13665]