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Federal (USV)


Isaac E. Filman

(1841 - 1899)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old machinist in Chester County, he enlisted in Norristown on 9 September 1861, and mustered as Private, Company A, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 September in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal on 1 January 1864 and to Sergeant on 3 December. He mustered out with his Company on 27 July 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was a boilermaker in Norristown and he served as fireman at the hospital for the insane in Norristown from about 1880 to his death. He was killed in a train wreck at the Exeter Station on the Reading Railroad on 12 May 1899. He and fellow soldier John Coulston were among a group of veterans who were returning from Harrisburg after the unveiling of a statue of Gen. John F. Hartranft there.

References & notes

Service information from the History1 and the Card File,2 as Isaac E. Fillman. Details from his funeral notice in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 17 May 1899 and the crash story in the Reading Times of 13 May 1899. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1841; Chester County, PA


05/12/1899; Exeter, PA; burial in Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, PA


1   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pg. 626  [AotW citation 23217]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23218]