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Abel M. D. Piper
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Birth: 1837
Lenawee County
Michigan, USA
Death: May 24, 1862
Hanover County
Virginia, USA

Enlisted in Company B of the Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry on June 20, 1861, for 3 years at age 24. Killed in action in the battle of New Bridge, Virginia. After the battle, Abel's body was returned to camp across the Chickahominy River and his entire brigade attended the funeral of not only Abel Piper, but also his comrade, Franklin Drake. Abel Piper's original burial location was less than three miles from the location of present day Cold Harbor National Cemetery.War-time diary accounts state that he was buried between the camp of the Army of the Potomac in the proximity of New Bridge, Virginia and Gaines' Mill, Virginia, where Abel's regiment (the Fourth Michigan Infantry) marched the next day.
My research indicates that after the war, Abel M. Piper's body was very likely re-interred from his original gravesite which was well within the approximate 22 mile area where the many of the cemeteries Union soldier's graves were gathered from. Cold Harbor National Cemetery burial index card shows "A. Piper, Company B, 7th Michigan Infantry, died June 1864", yet further research of the Seventh Michigan Infantry muster rolls located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. fail to show any soldier with that name on that regiments roster or within the pension application files . Additionally, the Michigan State Adjutants Records indicate only three soldiers from Michigan are known to have served in the Civil War who would fit the identity of "A. Piper". None of them ever served in the Seventh Michigan Infantry.

The only Michigan soldier on record who is listed as "A.M. Piper" is Abel M.D. Piper of Company B, Fourth Michigan Infantry.

In summary, there is no supporting evidence for a soldier from the Seventh Michigan Infantry having ever served in Company B of the Seventh Michigan Infantry anywhere other than the burial index card for Cold harbor National Cemetery. However, there is valid evidence to support that the only soldier on a Michigan regimental roll who died during the war and identified as "A.M.Piper", was Abel M. D. Piper of the Fourth Michigan Infantry.


"Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865, vol. 4", also known as the "Brown Books".

"Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War
1861-1865, vol. 7", also known as the "Brown Books".

"Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Alphabetical Index Civil war 1861-1865".

Personal research from the soldier's Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Application file from the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Records from the Michigan States Adjutant Reports, Lansing, Michigan

Additional research assistance: Find-A-Grave member M. Simmons

For Further Information See:
Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry 1861-1866
4th Michigan Infantry

Family links: 
  Asa Piper (1809 - 1897)
  Abigail Cornell Piper (1812 - 1891)
  Adaline Freelove Piper Auten (1835 - 1920)*
  Abel M. D. Piper (1837 - 1862)
  Abel M. D. Piper (1837 - 1862)*
  Alice Piper Austin (1838 - 1899)*
  Arletta Piper (1840 - 1877)*
  Alanson Robert Piper (1843 - 1913)*
  Alzina Marcella Piper Olmstead (1844 - 1916)*
  Andrew J Piper (1848 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Cold Harbor National Cemetery
Hanover County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section B grave 382
Created by: 4th Michigan Infantry
Record added: Mar 12, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126249647
Abel M. D. Piper
Added by: 4th Michigan Infantry
Abel M. D. Piper
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Thank you for your dedicated service as a soldier in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. May you rest in honor.
- 4th Michigan Infantry
 Added: Mar. 12, 2014

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