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Federal (USV)


William T. Seville

(c. 1840 - 1863)

Home State: Delaware

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted at age 21 as a Private in Company G, First Delaware Infantry on 8 September 1861 at Wilmington, DE.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 by a gunshot that fractured his right thigh.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #2 in Frederick on 9 October and transferred to GH#1 on 2 January. His leg was amputated on 3 January by Surgeon Robert Fulton Weir, USA (1838-1927), the officer in charge in Frederick, but he there died from "shock" on 11 January 1863.

After the War

He was originally buried in Frederick and probably reinterred in the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

His service from the State of Delaware.1 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 and the MSHWR,3 as W.S. Seville. Birth detail from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

A possible relative, William Penn Seville (1833-1913) was the original Adjutant of the First Delaware and later Captain of Company E. He wrote the regimental history in 1884.


c. 1840; Bethel Township, Bedford County, PA


01/11/1863; Frederick, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of Delaware, Adjutant General's Office, Civil War Military records for Delaware Units, Published 1861-, first accessed 31 January 2015, <>, Source page: Muster Out Roll, First Delaware Infantry  [AotW citation 13745]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #785  [AotW citation 25997]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 308  [AotW citation 25998]