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Federal (USV)


Samuel Enos Blanchard

(1834 - 1894)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a 27 year old laborer in Canton, Bradford County when he enlisted there in Company C, 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 25 July 1862. He mustered into service as a Corporal on 11 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and visited his mortally wounded brother Oliver in a field hospital near the battlefield by 24 September.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown Hospital near the battlefield and was mustered out of service on a certificate of disability on 15 February 1863.

On 24 February 1864 he enlisted again, and mustered as a Private in Company D, 50th New York Engineers in Southfield, NY. He was promoted to Artificer on 1 June 1, Corporal on 18 September, and Sergeant on 1 November 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 13 June 1865 at Fort Barry, VA.

After the War

By 1880 he was a carpenter in McIntyre Township, Lycoming County, PA. He died by his own hand at age 59 in 1894.

References & notes

His service from Bates,1, the Card File,2 and the NY Adjutant General.3 Antietam wound and hospital details from Nelson.4 His visit with his brother Oliver at Antietam thanks to information provided by descendant Michael J Phillips III. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Celia Sellard (1848-1870). He married again, Phoebe Jane Fothergill (1855-1936) in 1872, and they had 9 children.

He was one of 5 Blanchard brothers with US service during the war.


03/30/1834; Veteran, NY


03/28/1894; Cooper Township, Clearfield County, PA; burial in Messiah Baptist Cemetery, Lanse, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 28630]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 28631]

3   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1898, Ser. No. 16, pg. 834  [AotW citation 28632]

4   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. 134  [AotW citation 16459]