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Federal (USV)


Uriel P. Olin

(1837 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

A print setter from La Crosse, he enlisted in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on 18 April 1861. He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant prior to Antietam.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. A comrade later remembered ...

Sometime in the afternoon I was taken from the stone house to a small frame house still farther to the rear, where all the wounded of my company were collected together. I was placed on a blanket with Sergeant Uriel P. Olin, who died sometime during the night. He was left by my side until morning when he was taken out and buried. The wound he received through the bowels gave him great pain early in the evening, but for an hour or more before the final dissolution he made no complaint and died without a struggle.

The rest of the War

He was reinterred from his original burial on the Antietam battlefield to the National Cemetery during or before 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which has him as a Corporal. Service detail from the Roster2. The quote above from William H. Harries' account in the Milwaukee Sunday Telegraph of 8 November 1885 (thanks to Lance Hertigan). Further information from family genealogists.


02/03/1837; Waukesha, WI


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 4003]

2   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pg. 352  [AotW citation 10108]