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L. Vanderhoef

L. Vanderhoef

Federal (USV)


Lorenzo Vanderhoef

(1840 - 1912)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company K, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 20 on 5 June 1861. He was appointed Sergeant 11 June 1862.

On the Campaign

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

"Corporal Lorenzo Vanderhoef went down on his face with one wound, only to be hit again as he lay helpless, taking 'four gunshot wounds, one (slight) in the head, one near the lower point of the breastbone, one downward through the left shoulder joint... and the fourth in the right side.'

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD and was discharged at Falmouth, VA on 12 March 1863 for his Antietam wounds.

After the War

He was a farmer at Homerville, OH. By 1879 (and at least to 1891) he was a statistical clerk in the US Treasury Department in Washington DC. He died in Los Angeles, CA while attending a GAR event.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Ohio1. His war diaries were published in 1990 as I Am Now a Soldier!, edited by Kenneth R. Martin and Ralph L. Snow, source of the quote above. His photograph from one in the collection of the Medina (OH) Historical Society. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/20/1840; Homer, OH


09/16/1912; Los Angeles, CA; burial in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC


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. 256 - 260  [AotW citation 14761]