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Federal (USV)


Elias B. Eckfeldt

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 124th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, from Haverford Township, Delaware County, he enlisted on 4 August 1862 in Media and mustered as Private, Company D, 124th Pennsylvania Infantry on 9 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

Private George Miller of his Company was wounded in the fight in the Miller Cornfield that morning and later remembered:

After receiving my wound Comrade Charles Eckfeldt, at my solicitation, helped me off with my belt and knapsack, and as the barrel of his gun had been flattened by a ball, he took mine, and when I left the gutter on the pike, he was firing away, but was never heard of again. His father searched every place: opening graves, etc.
Eckfeldt was listed as missing in action and later as presumed killed at Antietam.

References & notes

Service information from the Register.1 George Miller's story is from the History.2 Personal details from the 1850 & 1860 US Census. His memorial in Chester Rural Cemetery is on Findagrave.


10/31/1840 in PA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23833]

2   Green, Robert McCay, compiler, History of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion 1862-1863, Philadelphia: Ware Brothers Company, printers, 1907, pg. 105  [AotW citation 23834]