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Federal (USV)


Franklin B. Thomas

(1843 - 1917)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, 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 both arms 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 at Camp Curtin near Harrisburg, PA, and was discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of 31 December 1862.

After the War

He was a letter carrier in Reading by 1880 and to at least 1898.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Details from family genealogists and the 1880 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emma K. Taylor (1846-1932) and they had a daughter Laura Ellen (1864-1937).


04/15/1843; Perry County, PA


03/21/1917; 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 24000]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 24001]

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. 411  [AotW citation 24002]