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Federal (USV)


Thomas Berryman Hildebrand

(1842 - 1923)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old miller's son from McVeytown in Mifflin County, he enlisted at McAlvey's Fort on 17 August 1861 as Private, Company C, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 31 August 1861 and Sergeant on 17 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was transferred to Company G in December 1863 and was wounded again, at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864. He was appointed regimental Commissary Sergeant on 24 December 1864.

After the War

In 1880 he was a grocer at Harper in Keokuk County, Iowa and by 1898 he was living in Albia, Iowa and was an officer of the 49th Regimental Association. He was a land agent in Alaska from 1898-99 then went to San Fransisco, CA where he was a "receiver of public money." By 1910 he again had a grocery store. He moved to Felton in Santa Cruz County in 1913 and had retired there by 1920.

References & notes

His service from the Card File1, which has him as Thomas A. Hidebrand, and Westbrook's History.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1920, and his obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel of 29 November 1923. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Emma Wright (1841-1937) and they had 5 children between 1869 and 1880.


07/02/1842; Commonsville, Juniata County, PA


11/26/1923; Felton, CA; burial in Felton Cemetery, Felton, CA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 26060]

2   Westbrook, Robert S., History of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Altoona: Altoona Times Printer, 1898, pp. 124, 221, 266, 271  [AotW citation 26061]