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Federal (USV)


William Yardley Swiggett

(1841 - 1912)

Home State: Delaware

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 19 year old printer living with his clerk father William and stepmother Ella in Georgetown, Sussex County, DE. He was Ensign in Company G of the First Delaware Regiment for 3 months service in 1861 and was appointed First Lieutenant of Company E , First Delaware (3 years service) on 19 September 1861 at age 20 in Georgetown, DE.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain of Company F on 17 January 1863 and had later service in the Veteran Reserve Corps. He was commissioned Major of the Ninth Infantry, a 90-day unit, on 13 September 1864. They were stationed at Fort Delaware guarding Confederate prisoners until mustering out on 23 January 1865.

After the War

By 1900 he was a government clerk in Washington, DC living in Falls Church, VA.

References & notes

Basic service information from Murphey.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave; thanks to Tom DeNardo for the pointer to that.

He married Charlotte Elizabeth Cannon (1842-1929) in 1863 and they had a daughter Maria (1864-1957).


03/15/1841; Seaford, DE


07/12/1912; Washington, DC; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Murphey, Thomas G., Four Years in the War - The History of the First Regiment of Delaware Veteran Volunteers, Philadelphia: James S. Claxton, 1866, pp. 79 - 80, 255, 266, 286, 303  [AotW citation 13778]