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Federal (USV)


Oliver P. Shepherd

(1841 - 1917)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old farmer in Jennings County, he mustered as Private, Company H, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 17 January and Sergeant on 19 February 1862. He was wounded by a shell in the left hip at Cedar Mountain on 9 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the left thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at hospitals in Boonsboro and Frederick, MD to 1 October, then transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He returned to duty in February 1863, but was wounded for the third time, in the left forearm at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. He was in hospitals at Gettysburg, Philadelphia, and in Indiana. He transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 15 June 1864 in Cincinnati, OH and mustered out in Indianapolis on 15 September. He was commissioned Captain, Company G, 145th Indiana Infantry on 14 February 1865 and mustered out at Cuthbert, GA on 21 January 1866.

References & notes

Service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Hospital details from the Patient List 2 and Steven Russell's Roster research. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/19/1841; Jennings County, IN


07/15/1917; Jennings County, IN; burial in Graham Presbyterian Cemetery Lovett, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 613  [AotW citation 18710]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #379  [AotW citation 18711]