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Federal (USV)


Matthew Ewing

(1815 - 1874)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 108th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Bochester and mustered in as Corporal, Company G, 108th New York Infantry on 25 July 1862. He had enlisted along with his son George. He was returned to ranks in September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 9 March 1863 at Falmouth, VA.

After the War

He was a capenter by trade and invented "a vacuum distillation method for producing kerosene" and founded the Vacuum Oil Company in 1866. He sold his interest in the company and it was later bought by Standard Oil - which became Esso, Exxon, and is now Exxon-Mobil.

References & notes

Basic information from Washburn1. Service details from the State of New York2.


01/10/1815; Floyd, NY


12/31/1874; burial in Pittsford Cemetery, Pittsford, NY


1   Washburn, George H., A Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment N.Y. Vols., Rochester (NY): Press of E.R. Andrews, 1894, pp. 253 - 263  [AotW citation 8913]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 34 (for the year 1903), pg. 213  [AotW citation 9050]