Andrew Streigel was a Sergeant with the 27th Indiana Infantry when was shot through the chest while bearing the national colors during the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862. He survived that and two other wounds during the war to return to a farm near Jasper, IN. The clipping above is from the Jasper Weekly Courier of 7 April 1893, online from

Here’s a photograph of the flag he carried at Antietam, restored in 2008 and on display at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. Thanks to Michelle Striegel-Rice Snelling for that picture and the poke to look more closely at her great great grandfather.

This is Marcus Morton Parmenter, who enlisted as a Private in the First Company, Massachusetts Sharpshooters in March 1862. He was killed – possibly by “friendly fire” – at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

Thanks to Ralph Parmenter Bennett for the photograph, from one in the Shirley Massachusetts Historical Society.

Suzanne Farrar very kindly sent me these images of Mary Meggison (1830-1881) and John P. Chappell. They were married in Chambers County, AL in 1850 and were farming there by 1860. They had 6 children by 1861.

John was reported missing and presumed killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 while serving as a Private in the 14th Alabama Infantry.

Author and blogger Mike Brasher kindly provided this excellent photo of Private George Washington Bynum, who was with the 2nd Mississippi Infantry at Boonsboro and Sharpsburg, MD in 1862. We was later an officer of Mississippi Cavalry and survived the war to farm in Alcorn, MS and serve as Mayor of Corinth from 1896-98. The original of this photograph is owned by Mark W. Blackburn.

5 days after his 31st birthday – on 17 September 1862 – First Lieutenant William Horton of Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry, from Stafford, CT, was killed at Antietam. This fine photograph of him is courtesy of descendant Laurie Mack, and was forwarded to me by John Banks.

Here are John Nimrod Ferguson, his wife Martha Rebecca Weldon, and the first 5 of their 15 (!) children, in about 1870.

Ferguson had enlisted in July 1861 and was elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company C of the 13th Georgia Infantry in September 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on the field and wounded at Sharpsburg on the 17th and survived another wound, at Monocacy in 1864, to return home to Griffin, GA.

In 1870 he took his family to Union Parish, LA and farmed there. In the 1880s he was elected Constable and was murdered while on Parish business in December 1887.


The photograph above was contributed to Martha Rebecca Weldon Ferguson’s memorial on Find-a-grave by Kenneth Pace.

Private James W Lent was about 20 years old when he was wounded at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He continued in service with the 7th Maine and later the First Maine Veteran Infantry to muster-out in June 1865.

I’ve found very little more about him, but this news clip from the Portland Daily Press of 30 March 1886 [online from the Digital Maine Repository] hints at his post-war story:


My transcription

Emma J Lent of Manchester [ME], has commenced an action against a rumseller of that town to recover $2000 for selling liquor to her husband.

This photograph of Thomas Pearson, mortally wounded at Antietam, comes from the amazing collection of Civil War Biographies compiled by volunteers on behalf of the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

This fine carte-de-visite (CDV) has just been offered for sale by Hindman Auctions. It’s of Major James Lyman Van Buren, and accompanies his saber and belt, insignia, and other photographs, all from the Collection of Bruce B. Hermann.

The Major was on General Burnside’s staff at Antietam and had distinguished staff service through the war, ending at the brevet rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers. He died soon after mustering out in 1866 of a bacterial infection of his liver, just 28 years old. He was a cousin of President Martin Van Buren.

First Lieutenant Lyman Munson Shorey‘s military career with the 7th Maine Infantry ended with a serious wound to his foot in an ill-fated charge on the Piper Farm at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

Afterward he returned to school, graduating from Harvard with a law degree in 1864 and studying in the Divinity School there for a year to 1867. He went into the baggage express (delivery) business in New York City with his sister Elvira’s husband Hiram Studley and he took over the company after Hiram retired in 1872. Here’s his impressive letterhead on a customer’s receipt from January 1886.


His picture here from an engraving after a photograph in William C Hatch’s A History of the Town of Industry (1893), online from the Internet Archive. The receipt is among the Thomas A Edison Papers, Digital Edition, at Rutgers University.