Patrick Hughes(1839 - ?)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Soldier
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th New York Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
In 1860 a laborer in New York City, he had enlisted prior to Antietam in Company K, 4th New York Infantry. His regiment saw only non-combat duty before joining French's Division of Sumner's Second Army Corps in September 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Hughes was wounded by gunshot through the head, probably while assaulting the Confederate position in the Sunken Road about 9:00AM on 17 September.
The remainder of the War:
Hughes survived his wound and was discharged from service in January 1863.
After the War:
He was granted a disability pension, but also worked as a paddler at an iron foundry, probably in Delaware. His medical treatment and history up to 8 years after the battle are well documented.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Hughes' background, age, and occupation are from the 1860 Federal Census. His medical history and life after the battle are found in The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion1
More on the Web:
See an illustrated feature on Patrick Hughes and his terrible wound from behind AotW.
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1 Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part I, Volume II, pp. 206-7 [AotW citation 825]
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