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Federal (USV)


William Bruce Waite

(1838 - 1894)

Home State: Illinois

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry

Before Antietam

From Paine's Point, he enlisted at St. Charles, IL in Company M, 8th Illinois Cavalry on 15 September 1861. He was listed in the Muster and Descriptive Roll as being a 22 year old carpenter at 5' 6" tall, with light hair and complexion, and blue eyes.

On the Campaign

He contracted Typhoid Fever at Antietam, was sent to McClellan Army Hospital, Philadelphia, and was discharged from there October 14, 1864.

After the War

He lived in Chester, PA.

References & notes

Basic information from the Adjutant General1.Details from great-grandson Thomas Rightmyer. His Descriptive Roll data online from the Illinois State Archives.


1838; Monroe County, NY


04/25/1894; Chester, PA; burial in Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, PA


1   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. VIII, pg. 147  [AotW citation 13958]