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Federal (USV)


Joel Bird

(c. 1842 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old miller, he enlisted at Pottsville on 10 October 1861 in Company G, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the shoulder in action at Crampton’s Gap on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was listed as a deserter on 27 February 1863, but he returned to his unit on 7 November 1863. He again deserted on 25 July 1864. He was transferred to Company G, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry on 18 October 1864 and returned to his unit on 25 January 1865. Again listed as a deserter on 28 April 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1 and his Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' card. His injury at Crampton’s Gap from diaries of Henry Keiser and Jacob Haas - transcribed online by Jake Wynn.


c. 1842; Dauphin County, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15389]