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Federal (USV)


Cyrus W. Straw

(1838 - 1915)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 81st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old school teacher in Luzerne County, he mustered into service as First Lieutenant, Company K, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry on 27 October 1861 in Eckly, PA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in the back and spine in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg (although the bullet was not removed until 1868). He was promoted to Captain on 25 October 1862 but discharged for disability on 20 June 1863 in Washington, DC.

After the War

He was in the flour, feed, and lumber businesses in Drums and Wilkes-Barre, was Luzerne County Commissioner 1885-87, and was Secretary of the Wyoming Valley Trust Company at his death at age 75.

References & notes

His service from the Card File.1 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of personal details from an obituary of unknown origin.

He married Sarah Hazeltine Leach (1837-1908) in Scranton in 1867 and they had 2 children.


10/01/1838; Hazleton, PA


03/07/1915; Wilkes-Barre, PA; burial in Drums Community Cemetery, Drums, PA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23369]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 404  [AotW citation 23370]