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F.V. Bierwirth

F.V. Bierwirth

Federal (USV)


Francis V. Bierwirth

(c. 1825 - 1862)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He ran a beer hall and boarding house in Egg Harbor, NJ, and was Mayor there from January to May 1861, when, age 36, he went to Philadelphia and enrolled and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant of Company G, 27th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was transferred to Company G, 69th Pennsylvania Infantry and promoted to Captain on 1 October 1861.

On the Campaign

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

After the War

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

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which lists him as Francis N. Bierwith. His service from Bates2 and the Card File,3 both as F.V. Bierwirth. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Francis J. Bierworth. It is the source also of his picture, from a heavily retouched photograph now in the Egg Harbor Roundhouse Museum, contributed by Scott Hann.


c. 1825; Heuberg, Bavaria, GERMANY


09/17/1862; 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 3220]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 2, pg. 728  [AotW citation 8684]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23282]