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Federal (USV)


Walter Van Buren Read

(1839 - 1926)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 111th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old wagon maker, he enlisted in Spring, PA and mustered into service as Private, Company H, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 December 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 15 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Sergeant on 7 October 1862 and First Sergeant on 1 April 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 15 July 1865.

References & notes

Service from Bates1. Birth and death information from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His presence at Antietam and other details from the Company H Descriptive Book in the US National Archives, transcribed and provided by Patrick Knierman.

He married Caroline Fidelia Thompson (1842-1926) in Springboro, PA in February 1864 probably while on a reenlistment furlough, and they later had 3 children. The first, daughter Lena Mae, was born in 1871 in Illinois. Caroline died about three weeks before Walter.


12/09/1839; Waterford Township, Erie County, PA


05/22/1926; Morris, IL; burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris, IL


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. III, pg. 1048  [AotW citation 21688]