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H. Bruce

H. Bruce

Federal (USV)


Howard Bruce

(c. 1836 - 1899)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 25 year old clerk in Norristown, he enlisted and mustered as Private, Company B, 4th Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861, for 3 months' service. He mustered out on 27 July 1861. He enrolled again, in Norristown on 16 September 1861, and mustered as First Sergeant, Company F, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 October.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864, was wounded again, in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 2 September 1864. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 31 October and mustered out with his Company on 27 July 1865.

After the War

He was appointed Clerk in the Post Office in Philadelphia by 1887 with a salary of $800 that year.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service information from the History 2 and the Card File.3 Details from the Official Register of the United States (1887). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Charles McDonald.

He married Rebecca Gilbert (1840-1909) and they had at least 2 children.


c. 1836


12/24/1899; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, 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. 145  [AotW citation 16931]

2   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pg. 655  [AotW citation 23225]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23226]