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Federal (USV)


Christian Grossman

(c. 1838 - 1916)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, he enlisted on 13 September 1861 and mustered as Private, Company H, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry on 19 September in Philadelphia. He was promoted to Corporal, data not given.

On the Campaign

He was reported missing in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed First Sergeant, date not known. He was captured at the Weldon Railroad, VA on 19 August 1864 and a prisoner until 24 February 1865. He was discharged on 20 March 1865.

After the War

He died at age 78 at the Soldier's Home in Erie, PA. He was originally buried in the German Lutheran Cemetery, Philadelphia.

References & notes

His service from the Card File 1 and Bates.2 His status at Antietam from Nelson.3 All three have him as Christian Gossman. Details from his obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 1 September 1916. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1838


08/30/1916; Erie, PA; burial in Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23494]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23495]

3   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. 226  [AotW citation 23496]