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L. Bolton

L. Bolton

Federal (USV)


Levi Bolton

(1836 - 1915)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 25 year old bricklayer, he enlisted at Norristown on 31 August 1861 and mustered as Corporal, Company A, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 September 1861 in Harrisburg. He may have been promoted to Sergeant in December 1861, but was reduced to Private on 4 July 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was promoted again to Corporal on 29 March 1863, reenlisted on 1 January 1864, and was wounded again in action at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864 . He was promoted to regimental Commissary Sergeant on 3 December 1864 and mustered out on 27 July 1865.

After the War

He returned home and resumed his trade as a brick mason. In 1902 he was still living in the house in Norristown in which he was born.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Card File2 and Parker.3 Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Charles McDonald.

He married Elizabeth Hayworth (1838-1925) in 1860 and they had 9 children.


06/16/1836; Norristown, PA


1915; Montgomery County, PA; burial in Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, 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. 136  [AotW citation 16480]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23100]

3   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pg. 624  [AotW citation 23101]