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Federal (USV)


Oliver Cromwell Case

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered as a Private in Company B, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 27 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 - "no doubt killed instantly the bullet having passed through his head just about the top of his ears" - and buried on the field the next day by his brothers Alonzo and Ariel.

The rest of the War

His father retrieved his body in December 1862 and had him buried in Simsbury. He was reported reburied (from the battlefield) in about 1867 in Antietam National Cemetery, and has a stone there, but he can't be under it.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 and John Rogers' in a blog post. His service from Ingersoll.2 His death detail from his brother Alonzo's Recolections. His gravesite in Simsbury is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

John P Rogers has significant biographical detail and a series of Oliver's letters on his excellent blog Oliver Cromwell Case.


12/22/1839; Simsbury, CT


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Simsbury Cemetery, Simsbury, CT


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3305]

2   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 367  [AotW citation 26969]