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H.P. Bruce

H.P. Bruce

Federal (USV)


Horatio P. Bruce

(c. 1830 - 1864)

Home State: Vermont

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

A 31 year old farm worker in Woodbury, VT, he enlisted as Private, Company E, 2nd United States Sharpshooters on 27 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 8 February 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was reduced again to Private on 31 July 1863, and reenlisted in December. He was mortally wounded at Totopotomoy Creek, VA on 31 May 1864 and died of wounds in the Armory Square Hospital in Washington, DC on 21 June 1864.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson,1 with service details from Peck.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from an 1863/64 photograph contributed by Brian White from his collection.

More on the Web

The University of Vermont has a June 1862 letter of his in their collection. It's a sad perspective on the state of his Company and regiment that summer.


c. 1830


06/21/1864; Washington, DC; burial in Woodbury Center Cemetery, Washington County, VT


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. 145  [AotW citation 16930]

2   Peck, Theodore S., Adjutant General, and The Vermont Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers and Lists of Vermonters who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66, Montpelier: Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892  [AotW citation 25015]