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Federal (USV)


Edmund Yates Collier

(c. 1835 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted and mustered in Philadelphia on 10 August 1861 as Private, Company E, 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was in Maryland with his Company ...

The few names that are given of the commissioned officers who suffered, tell only a fragment of the story. There were brave hearts in the ranks, as well as among the officers, who went to their death fearlessly, and over whose memories loving friends have not ceased to mourn.

Especially sorrowful was the death of Edmund Y. Collier, a private in the Seventy-Second. Mr. Collier was a young Englishman of very respectable connections; who was visiting in this country when the Rebellion broke out. With warm sympathy for the Union, he enlisted as a private, and in this battle [of Antietam] fell mortally wounded; so near the enemy that his body was not recovered for hours afterwards.

The rest of the War

He died of his wounds on 21 September 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Banes,1 source of the quote above, and the Card File,2 as Edward G. Collier. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1835 in ENGLAND


09/21/1862; in MD; burial in Saint Luke's Episcopal Churchyard, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA


1   Banes, Charles H., History of the Philadelphia Brigade. Sixty-ninth, Seventy-first, Seventy-second, and One hundred and sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers , Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1876, pp. 115-116, 306  [AotW citation 8655]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23310]