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N.L. Yarnall

N.L. Yarnall

Federal (USV)


Norris Lewis Yarnall

(1812 - 1900)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 124th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 49, a successful merchant and Methodist preacher in Middletown and Sheriff of Delaware County, he enrolled on 4 August 1862 in Media and mustered as Captain, Company D, 124th Pennsylvania Infantry on 9 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He led his Company in action at Antietam on the morning of 17 September 1862 and commanded the left part of the regiment later in the day.

The rest of the War

He was mustered out with his Company on 15 May 1863. On 19 June 1863 he mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the 29th Regiment Pennsylvania Emergency Militia for service on the Gettysburg Campaign; his Colonel was Joseph W. Hawley. They mustered out on 1 August 1863.

In 1864 he petitioned President Lincoln for a Regular Army post and was commissioned Additional Paymaster, USA to date from 18 March 1864. He resigned on 8 March 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was in South Chester, PA and a wealthy manufacturer, with his older sons, of woolen goods.

References & notes

Service information from the Register1 and Bates.2 His presence at Antietam and other details, along with his picture, from a photograph, are in the History.3 Correspondence with the President is in the Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. His Regular Army service from Heitman.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hannah Carney/Cornog (1815-1868) in Philadalphia in 1836 and they had at least 8 children. The oldest, William, took over his father's post as Sheriff in 1862 and later enlisted. His second, Albert, was a Sergeant in the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd, Gasaway, was a Lieutenant in the 97th Pennsylvania Infantry, and 4th, George, was a Corporal, 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.


08/23/1812; Delaware County, PA


12/29/1900; Chester, PA; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston, PA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23835]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23838]

3   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, pp. 32, 58, 60, following 81, 130, 131  [AotW citation 23836]

4   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 1065  [AotW citation 23837]