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Federal (USV)


Joel B. Wanner

(1821 - 1875)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was admitted to the bar in Reading on 13 January 1849 and was Mayor there 1856-57 and 1861-63. He was elected Major of the 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 15 August 1862.

On the Campaign

The Regiment advanced through East Woods and into the Cornfield at about 6:45 am. Col Croasdale was killed and LColonel Hammersly was severely wounded almost immediately. Major Wanner assumed command of the Regiment, and rallied the troops in position til relieved.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 29 November 1862.

After the War

He returned to Reading, and served the remainder of his term as Mayor. He was a lawyer there for the rest of his life.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Register.2 Details from Montgomery's Political Hand-book of Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1752-1883 (1883). His gravesite is on Findagrave.




09/29/1875; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23893]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23894]