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Federal (USV)


Edward Thatcher Harlan

(1841 - 1912)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 124th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, from a farm in Kennett Township, he enlisted on 28 July 1862 in West Chester, and mustered as Private, Company E, 124th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He served as Captain's clerk and mustered out with his Company on 16 May 1863. He mustered as First Lieutenant, Company E, 29th Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia on 19 June 1863 and mustered out with them on 1 August 1863.

After the War

He returned home and lived in Kennett Township until 1881, when he moved to Philadelphia. He worked for a life insurance company for more than 20 years and retired in 1909.

References & notes

His service from the Register 1 and Bates.2 His presence at Antietam from excerpts of his own diary in the History.3 Personal details from his death notice in the Philadelphia Friends' Intelligencer of 10 February 1912 and from the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hanna May Passmore (1843-1903) in September 1865 and they had 2 children.


01/03/1841; Kennett Square, PA


01/27/1912; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Kennett Friends Burial Ground, Kennett Square, PA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23869]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23870]

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. 129-131  [AotW citation 23871]