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H.A. Torrence

H.A. Torrence

Federal (USV)


Hugh A. Torrence

(? - 1902)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

Age 28, he enrolled on 10 June 1861 and mustered into service as 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves on 29 July in Washington, DC. He was appointed Regimental Quartermaster to date from 2 July.

On the Campaign

He was wounded "dangerously" in the face in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 1 March 1863 and mustered out with the regiment on 13 June 1864 in Pittsburgh. He was honored by brevet to Captain on 13 March 1865 "for gallant conduct at the battle of South Mountain, Md".

After the War

He began to receive an Invalid veteran's pension in 1871.

References & notes

His service from Bates,1 the Card File,2 and Sypher.3 His wound description from a list in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 26 September 1862. Details from his Pension Files. His picture is from a photograph in an album sold by K. D. Smith Auctions in 2015.


05/27/1902; Bairdstown, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22847]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22848]

3   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pp. 374, 690  [AotW citation 22849]