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Federal (USV)


Richard Spohn Warner

(1841 - 1916)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old machinist in Reading, he enlisted there on 5 August 1862 and mustered as Corporal, 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 discharged for disability from wounds on 4 February 1863.

After the War

He was an engineering inspector living in Philadelphia with his family by 1900 and a mechanical engineer in 1910.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound detail from Nelson3 using a casualty list in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 20 September 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, 1900 & 1910, and his obituary in the Reading Times of 16 August 1916. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Ellen J. Pennypacker, a young widow in about 1880. He helped raise her son Matthias (b. 1878) and they had a daughter of their own, Francis Grace (b. 1881).


01/27/1841; Reading, PA


08/14/1916; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 24009]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 24010]

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. 430  [AotW citation 24011]