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Federal (USV)


William Whitman Farmer

(1827 - 1862)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Corporal in Company D, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 35 on 4 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 16 September 1862 at Antietam. He was bearing the colors when "cut in two" by a piece of shell during an artillery exchange very early that morning.

The rest of the War

He was probably reinterred from his original burial on the Antietam battlefield to the Antietam National Cemetery during or before 1867.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Ohio1. His death detail from Galwey2. Details from family genealogists. It is likely that he is the "Corp. W. Farmer", shown as being from Co. D, 8th Connecticut Infantry on a stone at the National Cemetery. Ingersoll's Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations (1869) has no one named Farmer in that Company or Regiment. He had married Antoinette Johnson in Wakeman, Huron County, OH on 3 March 1852.


06/26/1827 in NY


09/16/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pp. 244 - 249  [AotW citation 14727]

2   Galwey, Thomas Francis, and W.S. Nye, editor, The Valiant Hours, Harrisburg (PA): The Stackpole Company, 1961, pg. 37  [AotW citation 14736]