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Federal (USV)


Tilghman Howard Gentry

(1842 - 1901)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old farmer in Gosport County, IN, he mustered as Private, Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 13 July 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown Hospital near Sharpsburg, and his left leg was amputated. He was discharged for wounds there on 15 February 1863.

After the War

He was a student at Indiana University 1865-66 and was appointed deputy Postmaster at Bloomington by President Johnson in 1867. In 1871 he was a jeweler in Galesburg, IL, where he married Clarrisa Trask (1844-1927). By 1875 he was partner with his brother-in-law Edwin Trask in the jewelry firm Trask & Gentry [card].

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database, who have his first name as Tillman and Tighlman, respectively. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 Further details from family genealogists. His business/trade card image is from Wm Erik Voss's American Silversmiths site.


10/01/1842; Bloomington, IN


05/24/1901; Galesburg, IL


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 600  [AotW citation 18573]

2   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. 221  [AotW citation 18574]