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Federal (USV)


Henry Struble

(1843 - 1926)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 19 year old riverman from Youngwood, PA, he enlisted on 17 April 1861 in Pittsburgh, and mustered for Federal service as Private, Company C, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves on 29 July 1861 in Washington, DC.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

In about 1867 another soldier's body buried near the battlefield was misidentified as his and was reintered in the new National Cemetery. Henry identified the error when he attended the ceremony dedicating the new cemetery on 17 September 1867.

After the War

He returned to Youngwood, PA, and was mayor in 1898. He reportedly returned to the Antietam National Cemetery every Memorial Day until 1912 to place fresh flowers on his own grave.

References & notes

Basic service information from Bates1 and the Card File,2 which say he was killed on South Mountain. Details from the ANC Teacher's Packet. His stone at Antietam National Cemetery is on Findagrave.


05/01/1843; Port Perry, PA


06/02/1926; Greenburg, PA; burial in St. John's Reformed Cemetery, Greenburg, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 21060]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 27223]