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Federal (USV)


Samuel N. Black

(1841 - 1913)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 17 (?) year old miller in Philadelphia, he mustered as Private, Company F, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 30 March 1864 and was captured on the Jerusalem Plank Road near Petersburg, VA on 22 June. He was a prisoner at Andersonville, GA from 26 June to 11 November, then transferred to Millen, GA. He was exchanged on 12 April 1865 at Vicksburg, MS and was discharged on 14 June 1865.

After the War

He settled in San Bernadino County, CA in 1877 and filed homestead, water, and timber claims there.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from Ward2 with additional details from the Historical Data Systems database. His arrival in San Bernadino in a piece in the Los Angeles Times of 20 November 1910, concerning his fight to assert his homestead rights. His gravesite is on Findagrave. If he enlisted at 17, his birth year was closer to 1844.

He married Julia Ann Covington (1845-1931) in San Bernadino, CA in 1880. Her previous husband had been Harris A Hamner (1827-76), ex-Confederate Lt. Colonel from Texas. She sued him in 1894 to recover a judgement of $1300 awarded her in September 1889 (from the Los Angeles Times of 20 September 1894).


1841; Lycoming County, PA


07/02/1913; Santa Monica, CA; burial in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA


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 16445]

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 21527]