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Federal (USV)


Samuel McKean King

(c. 1838 - 1895)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Before Antietam

A 23 year old law student from Philadelphia living in Washington, DC, he enlisted on 21 July 1861 and mustered on 13 August as Corporal, Company D (later named "A"), 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry in Washington. He was promoted to Sergeant on 3 January 1862. He was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant of the regiment, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He transferred to the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Battalion on 27 July 1864 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, Company E on 22 December (to date from 21 November). He transferred to Company L (or I) of the 5th Cavalry on 6 June 1865 when they were consolidated with the 3rd Cavalry, and was appointed Regimental Quartermaster on 23 July 1865.

After the War

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of 5 September 1895:

NEW YORK. Sept. 5. The body of a man supposed to have died of starvation, was found ... on Tillary street by a patrolman of the Adams Street Precinct yesterday afternoon. It was that of Samuel McKean King who, too proud to beg and without means or work, met death without a sign.
And from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
SUDDEN DEATH OF S. M. KING. Samuel McKean King, aged 53 years, died suddenly last night on the doorstep of 82 Tillary street. His body was taken to the morgue pending an inquest by Coroner Kene. His friends are unknown.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Card File.2 His pre-war residence from Boyd's Washington and Georgetown Directory (1860).


c. 1838


09/04/1895; Brooklyn, NY


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23358]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23359]