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O.B. Blanchard

O.B. Blanchard

Federal (USV)


Oliver B. Blanchard

(1832 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 28 year old farmer on his father-in-law Abram Rundell's place in Union Township, Tioga County, PA. He was a 30 year old laborer in Canton, Bradford County, when he enlisted there as Private, Company C, 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 25 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the skull in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds at a field hospital near Sharpsburg on 24 September 1862.

After the War

He was initially buried on the battlefield and was reinterred at the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 Service from Bates.2 Wound detail from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His picture from a photograph kindly provided by descendant Michael J Phillips III.

He married Sally Maria Rundell (1838-1917) in October 1857 and they had 2 daughters.

He was the oldest of 11 children, with 8 brothers; 5 had US service during the war and 3 survived. #2 Samuel Enos Blanchard (1834-1894) was in Company C of the 132nd Pennsylvania and also wounded at Antietam. The next three, David (died of disease 1865), Ira, and Edward were all in New York units.


1832; Veteran, NY


09/24/1862; 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 3228]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 25069]

3   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. 133  [AotW citation 25070]