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Federal (USV)


William H. Diehl

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 42 year old landlord in Berks County, he enrolled there on 8 August 1861, and mustered as Captain, Company E, 50th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 September in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He assumed command of the Regiment at Antietam as next senior officer when Major Overton was wounded in combat between the Lower Bridge and Sharpsburg in the late afternoon of 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 3 February 1863.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Card File.2


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 1296  [AotW citation 22309]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23089]