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Federal (USV)


David H. Allcutt

(1835 - 1924)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

A 23 year old painter in Delaware County, he enlisted on 15 May 1861 at Kennett Square in Chester County and mustered as Private, Company H, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 28 May in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862; struck by a piece of shell in his left hip, then by a gunshot to his left leg after he was down.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability from wounds on a Surgeon's Certificate of 12 (or 2) July 1863.

After the War

He continued as a painter, living in Cromwell, Huntingdon County, PA in 1880 and in Altoona by 1900. He was in pain from his Antietam wounds for the rest of his life and suffered with alcoholism. He died of heart disease at age 78 while a resident of the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Elizabeth City County, VA in 1924.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. His service from Bates2, the Veterans' Card File (from the muster roll), and the Bucktails,3 all as David Alcott or David Allcott. Personal details from the US Census of 1880 & 1900, and from family and pension records thanks to great-great-grandson Bill Brandle. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hannah Harris (1840-1861) and they had a child, but both died in 1861. He married again, Jane Rebecca Harvey (1844-1915) in 1865, and they had eight children. Only three, daughters Mary, Florence, and Harriet survived him.


01/16/1835; Middletown, Delaware County, PA


02/25/1924; Hampton, VA; burial in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 112  [AotW citation 16101]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 25760]

3   Thomson, O. R. Howard, and William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails", Kane Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Pennsylvania Reserves, 42nd of the Line), Philadelphia: Electric Printing Co., 1906, pp. 403, 405  [AotW citation 25761]