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Federal (USV)


Edward R. Brasher

(1842 - 1864)

Home State: Indiana

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 19 year old carpenter in Terra Haute, Vigo County, IN. He enlisted on 7 June 1861 as First Sergeant of Company F, 14th Indiana Infantry, was commissioned First Lieutenant on 15 September 1861, and promoted to Captain on 13 May 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Second Corps field hospital on the battlefield then at the Avenue House hospital in Washington, DC. Surgeon Antisell described his case as a:

gunshot wound through the left iliac region, in consequence of which he is unable to perform the duties of an officer. He has done no duty since he was wounded. There is partial loss of motion and sensation of the left lower extremity, which on account of the injury to the nerve, is likely to be permanent ...
He resigned his commission and was discharged for disability on 19 December 1862.

He reenrolled, at age 24, as Captain of Company A, 120th Indiana Infantry on 2 October (or 8 December) 1863 at Columbus, IN. He was promoted to Major on 17 August 1864 but was killed in action at Franklin, TN on 30 November 1864.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Details from the Indiana Adjutant General2, the Indiana Digital Archives, and the MSHWR,3 as E.E. Brasher and source of the quote above. Personal details from family genealogists, also as Edward B. Brasher, and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/06/1842; Harrison Township, Vigo County, IN


11/30/1864; Franklin, TN; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, IN


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. 140  [AotW citation 16556]

2   State of Indiana, Adjutant General's Office, and William H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 8 volumes, Indianapolis: (various) State Printers, 1865-1869, Vol. II, pg. 117; Vol. III, pp. 219, 220  [AotW citation 16557]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 341  [AotW citation 28799]