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Federal (USV)


Richard Williams

(c. 1829 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 32, he enlisted on 7 August 1861 in Coalmont and mustered into service as Private, Company O, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on 17 August in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September by a musket shot to the right thigh.

The rest of the War

"He was conveyed to Washington, D. C, and admitted into Mount Pleasant U. S. A. General Hospital, September 22d, 1862. On September 30th, his right thigh was amputated, by flap incisions. At this date the limb was excessively swollen; the discharge of pus was profuse ; abscesses had burrowed in the soft parts, and irritative fever existed to an alarming degree. The case terminated fatally on October 2d, 1862".

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Card File2; both have him wounded at Antietam on the 17th. Bates notes he was administratively transferred with his Company to B of the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 October, and also lists him in Company C of the 28th. Medical details and the quote above from the Photographs3. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1829


10/02/1862; Washington, DC; burial in Military Asylum Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 449  [AotW citation 7952]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23119]

3   Otis, George Alexander (curator), and John H. Brinton (collecter), William Bell (photographer), Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens, 8 Volumes, Washington DC: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1865, Vol. 1, pg. 12  [AotW citation 7953]