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Federal (USV)


Joseph Adams

(c. 1823 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

An 39 year old coal miner living in McKeesport, PA, he enlisted in Pittsburgh on 14 August 1862 and mustered as a Private in Company I, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 2 September.

On the Campaign

He arrived on the field with his Division on 18 September 1862. He died of disease on 26 October 1862 in the 3rd Division (5th Army Corps) field hospital in the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was buried on the field just outside town [map].

After the War

He was reinterred from his original burial on the battlefield to the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 His service from Bates2 and the Card File, which has his age as 18. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See much more about Adams and his experience at Sharpsburg in a fine post from John Banks on his Civil War Blog.


c. 1823


10/26/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3147]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13559]