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Federal (USV)


William Hart Yerkes

(1843 - 1906)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, he enlisted in Doylestown on 8 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company C, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His foot was amputated and he was treated at the School House hospital in Chambersburg, PA. He was sent on to a hospital in Philadelphia, and was still there when his Company mustered out on 19 May 1863. He worked in the US Army Quartermaster's Department in Washington, DC from 1864 to the end of the war.

After the War

He was living in Washington DC at the birth of his first child in 1868. He was superintendent (general manager) of the Independent Ice Company there from 1872 to 1899, and following a merger, purchasing agent and manager of the American Ice Company.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census for 1880 & 1900, and a bio sketch in Josiah Granville Leach's Chronicle of the Yerkes Family (1904). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hannah Ann Matthews (1847-1921) in 1868 and they had 11 children.


10/30/1843; Davisville, Bucks County, PA


12/10/1906; Washington, DC; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 24012]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 24013]

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. 447  [AotW citation 24014]