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Federal (USV)


Edwin Thomas Daneker

(1837 - 1924)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

Age 24, from Baltimore, he mustered as a Private in Company C, Baltimore Light Infantry on 9 November 1861 and was promoted to Corporal, date not given. He transferred to Battery A, Maryland Light Artillery, and joined them at Yorktown, VA on 20 May 1862. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on 1 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded by round shot in the right leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated and he was sent to the Camden Street US Army General Hospital in Baltimore by October. He was discharged there for wounds on 3 or 4 July 1863.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a blacksmith, later clerk at the US Customs House, and lived with his parents and siblings in Baltimore. In 1900 he lived in Baltimore with a brother and sister, still employed at the Customs House. He was a clerk with the Order of the Knights of Pythias in Baltimore in 1910 and had finally retired there by 1920.

References & notes

His service from Wilmer1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3; also as Edward or Edwin F. Daneker. Wound detail from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


05/10/1837; Baltimore, MD


11/28/1924; Kansas City, MO; burial in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pg. 798  [AotW citation 20770]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29429]

3   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. 182  [AotW citation 20771]