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Federal (USV)


Thomas Rushton Harrar

(1831 - c. 1863)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 28 year old collar maker in Philadelphia, PA. He enlisted there and mustered as a Private in Company C, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry on 24 March 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal, date not given, and was mortally wounded or killed outright at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863.

References & notes

His service from the Card File, 1 which says he deserted from a hospital on 4 May 1864, and Bates,2 who also has him as deserter. Antietam wound detail from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his death on 1 July 1863, and the US Census of 1860. His rank at Gettysburg from the Monument Commission's Pennsylvania at Gettysburg (1914), which says

The names of Thomas C Harrar [sic] and Wesley Walters appear as severely wounded on the list furnished by the division commander and were so counted. The former was subsequently reported as a deserter from hospital and the latter seems to have died from the effect of his wounds.
Thanks to descendant Donna W Brown for noting that he was probably not a deserter and for sharing family history that he'd been killed outright at Gettysburg.


02/05/1831; Philadelphia, PA


c. 1863


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23497]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23498]

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  [AotW citation 23499]