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Federal (USV)


John Bernard Isler

(c. 1832 - ?)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st United States Sharpshooters


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Age 30, a German-speaker probably born in Switzerland, he enrolled on 16 February 1862 in Washington, DC and mustered as Captain of Company A, First US Sharpshooter on 22 February. He was wounded at 2nd Bull Run on 30 August.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland as senior officer present, all of the field officers being absent. The Sharpshooters were on the field at Antietam by about 8 a.m. on 17 September 1862, but were in reserve and not engaged. They saw action as skirmishers across the Potomac near Shepherdstown, VA on 19 September.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 25 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from Phisterer1 and Stevens.2


c. 1832 in SWITZERLAND


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 5, pg. 4318  [AotW citation 26143]

2   Stevens, Charles Augustus, Berdan's United States Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865, St. Paul (MN): The Price-McGill Company, 1892, pp. 69, 189, 194, 207-208, 513  [AotW citation 26144]