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Federal (USV)


William H. Bentzel

(1839 - 1892)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 21 year old clerk in Newville, he enlisted in Harrisburg on 13 June 1861 and mustered into service as Private, Company K, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves on 10 August. He transferred to Company C on 20 July 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, and captured at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He returned to duty, date not given, and mustered out with his Company on 11 June 1864. He enlisted again, on 29 August 1864, as Sergeant, Company H, 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry and mustered out on 3 August 1865.

After the War

He lived in Newport, Perry County, and was a store clerk.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service data from Bates,2 the Card File,3 (also as William H. Bentsel) and Sypher.4 Details from family genealogists and the 1880 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Alexander (1845-1916) in 1866 and they had 5 daughters together.


1839; Perry County, PA


03/12/1892; Newport, PA; burial in Newport Cemetery, Newport, PA


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. 130  [AotW citation 16404]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22898]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22899]

4   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pg. 700  [AotW citation 22900]