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Federal (USV)


James D. Newpher

(c. 1837 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

A 24 year old laborer in Smithport, he mustered into service as Private, Company I, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 13 August 1861 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the left shoulder in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a field hospital near the battlefield and was admitted to the US Army Coppersmith hospital in Frederick, MD on 1 October, but died there of wounds on 6 October 1862. He was originally buried in Frederick and reinterred in the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 His service from Bucktails 2 and the Card File.3 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1837


10/06/1862; Frederick, 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 3977]

2   Thomson, O. R. Howard, and William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails", Kane Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Pennsylvania Reserves, 42nd of the Line), Philadelphia: Electric Printing Co., 1906, pg. 423  [AotW citation 22985]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22986]

4   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #26  [AotW citation 22987]