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W. Brisbane

W. Brisbane

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

William Brisbane

(1823 - 1880)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Lewiston, he first served as Captain, Company C, 8th Pennsylvania Infantry - a 3-month unit - commissioned on 22 April 1861. He was in the Shenandoah Valley and mustered out on 29 July in Harrisburg. He then mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the 49th Regiment on 31 July 1861 on its initial organization.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Regiment at Antietam in place of Colonel Irwin, who was appointed to command the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division of the VI Army Corps near the start of the Campaign.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 15 October 1862. He commanded a Brigade of Pennsylvania Militia of 1863 (28th, 32nd & 33rd Regiments) during the Gettysburg Campaign, in action in pursuit of the Confederate Army after the battle.

References & notes

Basic service dates from Bates1, with further details from the History2, source of a post-War photograph of him. Reference for the Gettysburg Campaign is Eicher3. The photo above from a CDV sold by the Horse Soldier, thanks to the pointer from Ken Milano.

More on the Web

An 1843 oil portrait of his future wife Mary Ann Roset Bicking (1829-1894) by Rembrandt Peale is in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.


09/14/1823; Lewistown, PA


07/07/1880; Oswego, NY; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 1190]

2   Westbrook, Robert S., History of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Altoona: Altoona Times Printer, 1898, pg. 7  [AotW citation 1191]

3   Eicher, John H., Eicher's Ultimate Gettysburg Order of Battle, Published c. 2000, <>  [AotW citation 1192]