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Federal (USV)


William W. Bamberger

(1839 - 1920)

Home State: Maryland

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

Enrolled 9 October 1861 as Captain, Company B, 5th Maryland Infantry.

On the Campaign

Initially in command of Company B, he assumed command of the Regiment when Maj Leopold Blumenberg was seriously wounded. Capt Bambereger was soon seriously wounded himself and relieved in turn by Capt. Salome Marsh, of Company F, who commanded the regiment during the remainder of the day.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel 22 November 1864 and Colonel on 1 May 1865. He may have raised the first Stars & Stripes over Richmond (see Kevin Conley Ruffner's Maryland's Blue & Gray (1997)).

References & notes

Service information from the Roster1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.


08/27/1839; Baltimore, MD


01/12/1920; Reisterstown, MD; burial in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pg. 181  [AotW citation 14239]