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S. Pierce
S. Pierce

Federal (USV)


Seymour Pierce

(1840 - 1917)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Signal Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Ninth (IX) Army Corps


Before the Antietam Campaign:
In May 1861, then age 21, he enrolled in Company G, 27th New York Infantry and was mustered in as First Sergeant of his Company on the 21st. He was commissioned First Lieutenant on 7 November and detailed to the Signal Corps, US Army on 28 December 1861. He was made Captain, Company K of his Regiment on 10 June 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He remained with the Signal Corps until mustering out of the Volunteer service on 31 May 1863.

After the War:
He was a farmer and in 'general merchandising' in Livingston County, NY, then a builder and manufacturer of building products. By 1896 he was in the coal and lumber business. He was a member and past Commander of the GAR, Post 369 in Honeoye Falls, NY, and Village President there in 1888, 1892, and 1905. He attended a reunion of the Signal Corps in 1902 in Georgetown, DC.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service data from Phisterer1 and Brown2, who also provided the photograph used here. Further details from a bio sketch online from the Signal Corps Association 1860-1865. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.

Birth Date: 05/10/1840    Place of Birth: Lima, NY    
Burial Place: Honeoye Falls Cemetery, Honeoye Falls, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pg. 2049  [AotW citation 12137]

2   Brown, J. Willard, The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, Boston: U.S. Veteran Signal Corps Association, 1896, pg. 850, photo after pg. 304  [AotW citation 12138]

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