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Federal (USV)


Samuel Augustus Holman

(1831 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Norwich University, Gettysburg College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a student at the Pennsylvania Military Institute (1845-47) and at Norwich University (1847-49). Then at Pennsylvania (now Gettysburg) College from 1851. He was a druggist in Harrisburg (55-57), studied theology at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, and was licensed a clergyman in 1859. He was pastor at Pottsville, PA to 1861. He was appointed Chaplain of Volunteers 20 August 1861, and mustered with the 48th Infantry at Fortress Monroe, VA on 1 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was the regiment's Chaplain at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 2 January 1863.

After the War

He was pastor in Altoona, PA; Grace Church, Philadelphia from its founding; Calvary Church, Philadelphia - also from its organization; and founder of a lectureship at the Theological School at Gettysburg. He retired from the Lutheran ministry in 1899.

References & notes

Basic information from Bosbyshell1. Details from Ellis2 and the Pennsylvania College Books 1832-1882 (Philadelphia: Alumni Asociation, 1882). Death information from family genealogists and a notice in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 2 February 1907, pg. 3.


10/06/1831; Harrisburg, PA


01/31/1907; Philadelphia, PA


1   Bosbyshell, Oliver Christian, The 48th in the war: being a narrative of the campaigns of the 48th Regiment, Infantry, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, during the War of the Rebellion, Philadelphia: Avil Print. Co., 1895, pp. 73 - 85  [AotW citation 5396]

2   Ellis, William Arba, compiler and editor, and MGen. Grenville Mellen Dodge, publisher, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, 3 Volumes, Montpelier: The Capital City Press, 1911, Vol. 2, pg. 454  [AotW citation 13128]