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Federal (USV)


William McNeal

(? - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Corporal, Company C, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 August 1861.

On the Campaign

At Antietam on 17 September 1862:

Colonel Morehead's horse was shot from under him, and, falling, held him fast until released by Sergeant Joseph Taylor and Corporals McNeal and Stephen Taylor of Company C.
Soon afterward, McNeal was mortally wounded in the neck.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the "Stone House" field hospital on the Samuel Poffenberger farm at Sharpsburg, but died there of wounds on 21 (or 22) September 1862.

References & notes

Basic information and the quote above from Ward1. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2


09/21/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pp. 103 - 113, 298 - 375  [AotW citation 5659]

2   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. 316  [AotW citation 21516]