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Federal (USV)


David Baxter

(c. 1830 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 31, he enlisted and mustered on 10 August 1861 as Private, Company F, 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the left lumbar region and hand in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at field hospitals on the Hoffman Farm near Sharpsburg and at Smoketown, MD. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 28 September but died there of wounds and tetanus on 30 September 1862.

After the War

He was reinterred from his original burial in Frederick to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as B. Baxter, Company D. His service from the Card File,2 which says only that he was missing since 17 September. Bates3 says he was wounded and missing at Antietam. Wound and hospital details from Nelson4 and the Patient List.5 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1830


09/30/1862; Frederick, 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 3203]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23313]

3   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23314]

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. 126  [AotW citation 23315]

5   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #577  [AotW citation 23316]