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Federal (USV)


Thomas P. Davis

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company I of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 September 1861 as Corporal.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at the "Burnside" (Lower) Bridge at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His family returned his body to Pennsylvania.

After the War

He is buried under a gravestone which reads "Our Sons . . . Corporal Thomas P. Davis, killed at the battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, aged 21 . . . also Sgt. Stephen S. Davis, killed at Petersburgh, Va., June 17, 1864, aged 22 years."

References & notes

Service data from Bates1, with personal details from an memorial page. Thanks to G-G-Niece Sara Matthews for bringing him to our attention. The gravestone text above from a September 1951 newspaper story in the Suburban & Wayne Times about the demolition of Radnor Baptist - transcribed online by the Radnor Historical Society.

At least two of his letters from the period 10 - 30 June 1862 are in the CWTI Collection at the US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), Carlisle Barracks, PA.


11/27/1840 in PA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Radnor Baptist churchyard, Wayne, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 5964]