Allen H Zacharias (c. 1860)

26 December 2021

Maryland-born Captain Allen Howard Zacharias of the 7th Michigan Infantry was mortally wounded at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and died surrounded by family at Hagerstown in December. This pre-war photograph was contributed to his Find-a-grave memorial by user Marsteka. Many thanks to J.O. Smith for the pointer to that.

Zacharias had written his own obituary earlier in 1862, and he was carrying it when he was hit at Antietam. While lying on the field he also wrote a last letter home. These, and the circumstances of his death, are detailed below from The Red Book of Michigan: A Civil, Military and Biographical History (1872), which is online thanks to the University of Michigan.

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