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Federal (USV)


Ferdinand Abbis

(1826 - 1911)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America in 1855 at about age 30, and was a cooper in Baltimore at the start of the war. He enlisted in Company C, Public Guard, Maryland Volunteers on 20 September 1861. They became "C" of the 5th Maryland Infantry and he mustered with them for Federal service on 12 November 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to Steuart's Mansion Hospital in Baltimore on 24 September and was a patient there to about the end of December 1862, then returned to duty. He was detailed as a Provost Guard at Smyrna, DE then at Fort Delaware from September 1863 to February 1864, and mustered out of service at the expiration of his enlistment on 20 September 1864.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a cooper in Baltimore. He was receiving an invalid veterans pension by July 1881. In 1910 he was retired but still lived in Baltimore.

References & notes

His service information from Wilmer1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880, 1900, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaretha (?, 1834-1920) and they had 3 or 4 children.


02/1826; Darmstadt, Hesse, GERMANY


07/01/1911; Baltimore, MD; burial in Baltimore Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pp. 191 - 193  [AotW citation 14285]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27530]