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Federal (USV)


Abner Chauncey Lay

(1835 - 1892)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 78th New York Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Served with 57th NY Infantry and 102nd NY Infantry prior to joining Company A of the 78th NY Infantry on November 12, 1861. He mustered as Sergeant on 21 November. He saw action with the 78th at Charleston, WV, Harpers Ferry, VA, Cedar Mountain, VA, Sulphur Springs, VA, and Centerville, VA in the weeks leading up to the battle at Antietam.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Sustained severe injuries during battle. Lost an eye & portion of lower jaw.

The remainder of the War:
Hospitalized in Maryland before being transferred to Staten Island, NY, for additional care.

After the War:
Resumed family life in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked as a mason.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service details from the NY Adjutant-General1, who lists him as a deserter at Antietam on 17 September.

Birth Date: 12/1835    Place of Birth: New York, NY    
Death Place: Brooklyn, NY    


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1901, Serial #29, pg. 722  [AotW citation 15398]

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