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Federal (USV)


Thomas Sassaman

(1840 - 1919)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old shoemaker in Reading, he enlisted in Reading on 5 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company E, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Lyceum Hall hospital in Hagerstown, MD and mustered out with his Company on 19 May 1863. He enlisted again, on 16 August 1864 in Reading, and mustered as Private, Company E, 205th Pennsylvania Infantry on 26 August in Harrisburg. He mustered out on 2 June 1865 in Alexandria, VA.

After the War

He had a shoemaking shop on North Third Street in Reading.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of details from his obituary in the Reading Eagle of 25 December 1919.


04/11/1840; Hufford Township, Berks County, PA


12/24/1919; Reading, PA; burial in Aulenbach's Cemetery, Mount Penn, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23984]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23985]

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. 376  [AotW citation 23986]