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Federal (USV)


Robert R. Smith

(c. 1833 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 28, he enlisted in Pittsburgh on 28 July 1861 and mustered into service as a Sergeant in Company L, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on 5 August in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the chest in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 23 September, but died there of wounds on 1 October 1862.

After the War

He was reinterred from his original burial in Frederick to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as Pvt. Robert Smith, Company I. Service information from the Card File,2 which says he was killed outright at Antietam. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 3 and Nelson.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He was administratively transferred to Company A, 147th Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 October 1862, and his service details are filed under that unit.


c. 1833


10/01/1862; 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 4187]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23146]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.350  [AotW citation 23147]

4   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 393  [AotW citation 23148]