The son of William & Ella Culp, in 1850 he lived with his family in Southampton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In 1860, he was a coach maker living with and/or working for coachmaker William Fenstermacher in nearby Shippensburg. He stood 5' 9" tall and had dark hair and gray eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted at the stated age of twenty in Cumberland County July 10, 1861, and mustered into federal service at Washington DC July 27 as a corporal with Co. A, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves (36th Pennsylvania Infantry). Wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill July 1, 1862, he was hospitalized at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, but shortly returned to active duty. He was seriously wounded at the battle of Antietam either on the evening of September 16 or the early morning hours of September 17 and admitted to an army hospital at Hagerstown where he died from the effects of his injuries.
Shippensburg News September 27, 1862
Private William Culp, a member of Co. A 7th Reg. Penn's Reserves, died on Monday last in one of the Hospitals of Hagerstown from the effects of wounds received in the battle of 'Antietam. He but a short time previous had rejoined his company, having been wounded in the battle of Malvern Hill, which confined him for several weeks in the Hospitals at Fortress Monroe. He was a young man of most exemplary character, a fearless soldier and universally esteemed by all who knew him. He was a son of Mr. William Culp residing near this place, and his death will be lamented by a large circle of devoted friends. How many more victims, oh! slavery will you require before you cease your warfare!
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