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Federal (USV)


William W. Altimus

(c. 1842 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A 19 year old farmer in Indiana County, he enlisted in Harrisburg on 24 June 1861 and mustered into service as Private, Company H, 12th Pennsylvania Reserves on 10 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for wounds on 22 January 1863.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File.2

There were two men named William Altimus in Company H. The other William (1842-1917), no middle initial, was discharged 29 September 1862 for wounds received at Mechanicsville, VA on 27 June 1862.


c. 1842


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22927]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22928]