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Federal (USV)


William McClurg


(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Yale University, Class of 1862

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He was a student at Yale through most of his Junior year (1861), and member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, but left school due to failing eyesight. On 21 August 1861 he enlisted and on 28 August mustered into service as Private, Company A, 9th Pennsylvania Reserves. He was in action through the Peninsula Campaign and at 2nd Bull Run.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the knee in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a field hospital near the battlefield, then sent to a US Army hospital in Washington, DC, but he died there of wounds on 12 October. He was returned home and buried in Pittsburgh on 16 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and Sypher.2 Details from a bio sketch in The 20 Years Record, Yale University, Class of 1862 (1884) and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/04/1840; Pittsburgh, PA


10/12/1862; Washington, DC; burial in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22669]

2   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pg. 660  [AotW citation 22670]