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Federal (USV)


Amor Dunbar

(c. 1839 - 1862)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old printer in Wilmington, DE, he enlisted as a Private in Company I, 5th Maryland Infantry on 9 November 1861 in Baltimore. By February 1862 he was a Corporal.

On the Campaign

He was reported "wounded - dangerously and missing" in action on 17 September 1862 and presumed killed on Roulette's Farm there ...

I saw poor Amor Dunbar, standing looking at some horses and cattle that were pasturing in that clover field. It was the last I ever saw of him. He must have been killed there, for no one has ever heard from him since.

References & notes

His service information from Wilmer1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. The quote above from J.K.P Racine's Recollections of a Veteran or Four Years in Dixie (1900). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.

Probably son of Justus (1802-1840) and Sarah Ann Boulden Dunbar (1809-1890).

More on the Web

There is a death notice for him in the Blue Hen's Chicken & Commonwealth of 1 October 1862; page 2 is online from the Library of Congress. Thanks to Tom DeNardo for that.


c. 1839 in MD


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, 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. 214 - 220  [AotW citation 14382]

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 28572]