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Federal (USV)


Joseph Thomas Neel

(1844 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

At age 18 he enlisted and mustered as Private, Company I, 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 10 August 1862 in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the field hospital on the Hoffman Farm near Sharpsburg, but died there of his wounds on 27 September 1862.

After the War

He was buried in Asbury M.E. Church in Philadelphia on 28 October 1863 but was removed and reinterred at Mount Moriah cemetery (Section 138, Lot 159) in Philadelphia on 11 November 1874.

References & notes

Service information from Banes1 and the Veterans' Card File, both as Joseph Neal. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.2 Thanks to descendant Gary Neel for the correction to his surname and further details.




09/27/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery, 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. 309 - 311  [AotW citation 8674]

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. 334  [AotW citation 25841]