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M.M. Kistler

M.M. Kistler

Federal (USV)


Michael M. Kistler

(1833 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Having learned the business from his father, he was running a tannery of his own at Ringtown, PA, when he enrolled 15 August 1861 as 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded by gunshot - "the ball entering by his shoulder strap, passed through his right lung and lodged near the backbone under his shoulder blade" - in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant to date from 20 October 1862, but discharged for wounds on the 21st. He transferred as First Lieutenant to Company I, 21st Regiment (later 43rd Company, 2nd Battalion), Veteran Reserve Corps on 1 October 1863. He served in administrative positions at the US Army General Hospital, Camp Dennison, near Cincinnati, OH, to April 1866, and mustered out 30 June 1866.

After the War

He was in business with his brother Stephen (Stephanus), running stores in Bartonsville and Tannersville, PA. By 1878 he was living in East Stroudsburg, and had a farm in Tunkhannon Township. He was Stroudsburg postmaster by 1884.

References & notes

Basic information from Gould1, with details from J.D. Hoptak [48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry blog], the Adjutant General2, and family genealogists. The quote about his wound from Alfred Mathews' History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (1886), which also contains an engraving of him later in life. His gravesite is on Findagrave, and offers uncertainty about his birth year. His picture from a photograph of unknown provenance of Michael and his wife Catherine posted to by user wperson_1.


04/14/1833; Lynn Township, Lehigh County, PA


07/06/1907; burial in Stroudsburg Cemetery, Stroudsburg, PA


1   Gould, Joseph, The Story of the Forty-eighth : a Record of the Campaigns of the Forty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry ..., Philadelphia: Regimental Association, 1908, pp. 82 - 90, 400 - 460 (rosters)  [AotW citation 5485]

2   US Army, Adjutant General, Official Army Register of the Volunteer Forces, U. S. Army, 8 vols., Washington, DC: Adjutant General's Office, 1867, Part VIII, pg. 84  [AotW citation 16558]