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Federal (USV)


Courtland Saunders

(c. 1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 118th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He went from Virginia to Philadelphia with his family at about age 12 in 1851. A professor/minister's son from West Philadelphia, he was a private teacher there when he enrolled and mustered as Captain, Company G, 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed by a gunshot through his head in action at Boteler's Ford near Shepherdstown, VA on 20 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His body was initially buried near Sharpsburg but was retrieved by his father on about 25 September.

References & notes

His service and death detail from Smith.1 Personal details from the US Census for 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan B. Harper, age 17, in Philadelphia in August 1861.

More on the Web

See his role in the founding of Philadelphia's Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in a 2017 piece from the hospital's newsletter.

Philadelphia's Episcopal Book Society published the The Courtland Saunders Tract for Soldiers in his memory in 1863 [online from the Hathi Trust], which is source of some details above.


c. 1840 in VA


09/20/1862; Shepherdstown, VA; burial in Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Smith, John L., and Survivor's Association, History of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, Map Publisher, 1905, pp. 65, 717  [AotW citation 2087]