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Federal (USV)


William Theirwechter Hain

(1841 - 1922)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he enlisted in Reading on 5 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company B, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Lyceum Hall hospital in Hagerstown and mustered out with his Company on 19 May 1863. He enlisted again, as First Sergeant, Company E, 42nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia on 6 July 1863 and mustered out with them on 12 August 1863.

After the War

He started his own business in Reading manufacturing cornices and other ornamental metalwork in 1872 and operated until at least 1909.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound and hospital detail from Nelson.3 His occupation from Montgomery's Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania (1909). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hannah Elizabeth Jones (1843-1921) in 1866 and they had 3 children.


07/10/1841; Lancaster, PA


03/23/1922; Berks County, PA; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23954]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23955]

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, pp. 232, 235  [AotW citation 23956]