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P.H. Foster

P.H. Foster

Federal (USV)


Philip Henry Foster

(1835 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a laborer in Vernon, CT, and lived in a boarding house with at least 18 other people, including his future wife Sarah Beach. He enlisted on 15 July 1862 and mustered as a Private in Company B, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 24 August.

On the Campaign

He was killed by a gunshot to the chest in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

After the War

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

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as Philip H Faster. His service from the Record.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph provided by John Banks with kind permission of its owner Guy DeMasi.

He married Sarah Jane Minerva Beach (later Webster, 1838-1916) in March 1861. She received a small widow's pension from his service for the rest of her life.

More on the Web

He's on the Talcottville Soldiers' Monument [also online from Findagrave].


1835; East Windsor, CT


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 3483]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889  [AotW citation 25968]