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D.P. Book

D.P. Book

Federal (USV)


David Porter Book

(1840 - 1914)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 100th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old blacksmith in Lawrence County, he enlisted in Harlinsburg on 27 August 1861 and mustered into service as Private, Company E, 100th Pennsylvania Infantry on 31 August at Camp Wilkins near Pittsburgh. He was promoted to Corporal in May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a field hospital near the battlefield, was briefly at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 21 September, then sent on to Washington, DC. He was promoted to Sergeant on 15 February 1863 and appointed First Sergeant on 15 May 1864. He was wounded again, near Petersburg, VA on 17 June 1864. He was commissioned First Lieutenant on 26 November and promoted to Captain on 25 December. He mustered out with his Company on 24 July 1865.

After the War

In 1880 he was an oil producer in Venango County and was farming near Eau Claire and pumping oil in Butler County by 1900. He was living in New Castle in 1910 and still working, as a stationary engineer. He was active in the Society of Roundheads to his death.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from the 1880-1910 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in David L. Welch's online collection.

He married Mary Elizabeth Jameson (1842-1928) in 1871 and they had 4 children.


12/24/1840; Butler County, PA


02/02/1914; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, New Castle, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, Martial Deeds Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: T. H. Davis & Co., 1876  [AotW citation 23677]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23678]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #183  [AotW citation 23679]