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Federal (USV)


Hero Blom

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

He probably came to America sometime after his mother's death in Holland in 1851. On 3 May 1861, by then a 22 year old farmer in McKean County, he enlisted there and mustered into service as Private, Company I, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 30 May in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

References & notes

Service from the Bucktails,1 as Hero Bloom, and the Card File.2 Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone says he "Fell in the service of his adopted country ..."

Son of Hero/Heero Jacobsz Blom (b.c. 1786) and his third wife Trijntje Pieters Kleerebezem (1799-1851).


07/11/1839; Beverwijk, North Holland, the NETHERLANDS


09/14/1862; Turner's Gap, MD; burial in Evergreen Cemetery, McKean County, PA


1   Thomson, O. R. Howard, and William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails", Kane Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Pennsylvania Reserves, 42nd of the Line), Philadelphia: Electric Printing Co., 1906, pg. 419  [AotW citation 22972]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22973]