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Federal (USV)


Bernhard Wever

(1836 - 1873)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Battalion New York Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

He served as a one-year volunteer with the artillery in Koblenz and was a mechanical engineering student at the Polytechnic School in Karlsruhe (later the Technical University). He afterward came to America.

On 20 August 1861, then age 27, he enrolled in New York City and mustered as First Lieutenant, Company C, 1st Battalion New York Light Artillery (later named the 31st Independent Battery). He transferred to Company D (32nd Battery) on 15 January 1862. He transferred again, on 1 September 1862, to Company A.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

On 5 March 1863 his Battery was re-designated as the 29th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery. He was commissioned Captain on 28 December 1863 (to date from 5 September), and he was discharged 7 September 1864 after being disabled by a knee wound. He then served as an engineer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

After the War

He was a restauranteur in New York City, and was naturalized an American citizen in late 1872. He died shortly afterward, relatively young, at age 36.

References & notes

Service information from Phisterer1 and Clemens.2 Personal details from family genealogists via the LDS database and a German-language genealogy online.


09/05/1836; Elberfeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GERMANY


01/26/1873; Brooklyn, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pp. 1622, 1626, 1628  [AotW citation 17685]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 3, Appendix 3, pg. 304  [AotW citation 17686]