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Federal (USV)


Reese R. Furbay

(1827 - 1862)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 30th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 34, he enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company K, 30th Ohio Infantry on 23 August 1861 and mustered into Federal service with them at Champ Chase, Columbus, OH on 26 August.

On the Campaign

He served as an aide to Colonel Ewing after the Colonel succeeded to command of the Brigade on 15 September. At Antietam in the late afternoon of 17 September 1862, on the heights above the lower bridge, the 30th Ohio Infantry was in close combat with Confederate troops of A.P. Hill's Division arriving from Harpers Ferry. The Ohio line was being flanked and Lieutenant Colonel Jones passed the order to fall back, but only the 4 rightmost Companies heard him. Colonel Ewing sent Lieutenant Furbay to bring the remaining 6 Companies back, but he was killed before he could reach them. Ewing later reported:

One of my aides, Lieutenant Furbay, the memory of whose gallantry and worth is written in the hearts of his comrades, was shot, by three balls, through the body.

References & notes

His service from the Roster.1 Antietam details from Carman.2 His birth date calculated from his age at death, from his gravestone (via Findagrave).


07/12/1827; Harrison County, OH


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Furbay Cemetery, Georgetown, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pg. 422  [AotW citation 22236]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. II, pg. 475  [AotW citation 22237]