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H. Beyer

H. Beyer

Federal (USV)


Hillary Beyer

(1837 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, from Philadelphia, he enlisted and was mustered into Company A, 90th Pennsylvania as Sergeant on 17 September 1861 in Philadelphia. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company H to date from 1 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Antietam in tending wounded men on the field and carrying one to safety.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 24 November 1863 but was not mustered at that rank. He was honorably discharged 26 November 1864 at the end of his 3 year term of service.

After the War

He lived in Germanstown, Philadelphia, and was manager of the Knickabocker Ice Company plant there. He was later Chairman of the Memorial Committee of the Gettysburg Battlefield Association.

References & notes

Service data from Bates1 and the Card File.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV kindly provided by Scott D. Hann, from his collection. A copy is now at the Library of Congress thanks to the Liljenquist Family.

At least two references identify the soldier he saved at Antietam as Private James H. Gouldey, Company A. That name (or similar) does not appear in the rolls for that or any Company in the 90th. There was a Private James H. Goldy in Company I, 99th Pennsylvania Infantry, but they were not at Antietam.


09/28/1837; Norristown, PA


9/24/1907; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Lower Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Norristown


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 90th PA Inf, Co. H roster  [AotW citation 332]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23413]