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Federal (USV)


Adam Bruce Bitler

(1844 - 1931)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 17, he mustered as Private, Company F, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm Hospital at Sharpsburg, MD. He saw action again at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, and on to the siege of Petersburg, VA. He was captured there (probably 22 June 1864), was a prisoner at Libby Prison, Richmond, but was exchanged and returned to duty, dates not known. He was promoted to Corporal on 13 June 1865 and mustered out on 30 June 1865.

After the War

In 1873 he went to Olpe, Kansas (also known as Bitlerville) and began to farm. After 37 years there he moved to Emporia.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from Ward2 and Bates3, who has him as Adam Ritler. Life details from an obituary in the Emporia [KS] Weekly Gazette of 11 June 1931. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Martha Selinda Smith (1853-1944) in 1873 and they had 10 children together.


08/31/1844; Schuylkill County, PA


06/04/1931; Emporia, KS; burial in Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, KS


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. 133  [AotW citation 16443]

2   Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pg. 340  [AotW citation 21529]

3   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. III, pg. 844  [AotW citation 21530]