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Federal (USV)


Jacob S. Leister

(c. 1830 - 1899)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 31 year old farmer in Philadelphia, he enlisted and mustered into service as a Private in Company F, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry on 5 December 1861 in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He as treated at the Smoketown Hospital near Sharpsburg, MD. He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, dates not given, was in action at Gettysburg in July 1863, and transferred to Company F, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry on 26 November 1864.

After the War

Previously living in Elizabeth City, VA, by 1899 he was a resident of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (Southern Branch) in Hampton, VA and he probably died there.

References & notes

His service from the Card File 1 and Bates,2 both as Jacob Liester. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His presence at Gettysburg from the Report of the Gettysburg Battlefield [Pennsylvania] Memorial Commission (1914). His residence in the Soldier's Home from the Official Register of the United States (1899). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1830 in PA


10/21/1899; Hampton, VA; burial in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23533]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23534]

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. 287  [AotW citation 23535]