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Federal (USV)


Peter T. Phillippi

(1834 - 1891)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 27, a machinist for the Philadelphia and Reading Railway, he enlisted in Reading on 8 August 1862 and mustered as Sergeant, Company K, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the spine and hip in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Harrisburg, PA and mustered out with his Company on 20 May 1863. He enlisted again, and mustered as Private in Company H, 42nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia on 6 July 1863 and was discharged on 11 or 12 August. He enlisted for the third time, on 7 March 1864, in Reading, and mustered as Corporal, Company E, 46th Pennsylvania Infantry on 27 March in Philadelphia. He was absent, sick when the Company mustered out on 16 July 1865.

After the War

He was back in a hospital in 1865, probably still suffering effects of his Antietam wound. He was also an object of curiosity, as seen in an 1881 newspaper squib:

Peter T. Phillippi, a Reading machinist, was wounded in the battle of Spottsylvania [sic], the bullet lodging in the liver, where it remains to this day. Mr. Phillippi is in robust health, and suffers no pain, except in sudden changes of temperature.
He was elected Alderman of the 13th Ward in Reading in 1885, and was still in office at his death, age 56, in 1891.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Personal details from his obituary in the Reading Times of 29 September 1891. The quote above from the Daily Cairo (IL) Bulletin of 6 August 1881. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/19/1834; Reading, PA


09/25/1891; Reading, 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 23981]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23982]

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, pg. 350  [AotW citation 23983]