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Federal (USV)


Ebenezer Quackenbush

(1838 - 1895)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

One of 12 brothers, he was a 23 year old farmer in Bedford, IN when he mustered as Private, Company D, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal 25 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded, knocked down by a gunshot over his left eye, in action in Miller's Cornfield at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His Antietam wound opened and "ran like a boil" for the rest of his service. He was wounded again, slightly, in the thigh in action at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He mustered out with his Company on 1 September 1864 at Louisville, KY.

After the War

He was a farmer in Indian Creek Township, Lawrence County for the rest of his life. He married 17 year old Julietta Elizabeth Boyd (1847-1912) in January 1865, and they had 10 children between 1865 and 1891. He began receiving a small Federal pension for his head wound in May 1882. He "suffered several years with lung trouble" and died at age 57 in 1895.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. His Antietam wound details from Giants.2 His pension information from the List.3 Further information from family genealogists and his obituary in the Bedford Mail of 19 April 1895. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/09/1838; Bedford, IN


04/10/1895; Fayetteville, IN; burial in New Union Christian Cemetery, Eureka, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 588  [AotW citation 18497]

2   Jones, Wilbur D., Jr., Giants in the Cornfield: the 27th Indiana Infantry, Shippenburg (Pa.): White Mane Publishers, 1997, pp. 9, 10  [AotW citation 18498]

3   US Department of the Interior, Pension Office, List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, 5 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1883, Vol. 4, pg. 117  [AotW citation 18499]