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Federal (USV)


David Wilson Gemmill, Jr.

(1835 - 1873)

Home State: Delaware

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, a farmer, he enrolled as 3rd Sergeant, Company I, First Delaware Infantry on 17 September 1861 at New Castle, DE. He was promoted to Sergeant Major of the Regiment on 28 June 1862. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company K on 17 July 1862 and transferred to Company E on 5 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was absent without leave after Antietam and dismissed from the service on 5 March (or 15 May) 1863. He may have had later service as 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps.

References & notes

His military service from his Compiled Service Records 1 and Seville's History.2 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has him as David Worrell Gemmill (Worrell was his mother's maiden name). Thanks to Tom DeNardo for the poke to look into him.

He married Elizabeth Darling (1835-) about 1858.


01/23/1835; Somerset County, MD




1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28566]

2   Seville, William Penn, History of the First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers, Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1884, pp. 40, 43, 77  [AotW citation 28567]