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Federal (USV)


Joseph C. Markle

(1838 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 22 year old son of a wealthy manufacturer (C. P. Markle & Sons Paper Mills) in West Newton, Westmoreland County, PA. He enlisted on 28 June 1861 in Greensburg and mustered into service as a Private in Company H, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on 11 July in Philadelphia. He transferred to Company B the next day and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 5 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. His brother John, a Captain in the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, recovered his body and probably saw that it got home.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File,2 as James C. Markley. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post 623 in West Newton was named for him.


04/05/1838; Westmoreland County, PA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Mill Grove Cemetery, South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pp. 439 - 442  [AotW citation 8027]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23153]