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Federal (USV)

Captain

Samuel F. Willard

(1822 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Command Billet: Company officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

Before the War he had some command experience in the local militia, followed "mercantile pursuits", and had married Margret B Bradley in 1851. He was Postmaster at Madison by 1855. In 1862 he recruited men in Madison who became Company G of the 14th Infantry. He was mustered into service as Captain of that Company on 20 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at the Bloody Lane on 17 September.

References & notes

Service and biographical details from Page,1 with postmaster date from the US Post Office.2. Thanks to John Banks and his superb blog post for the Captain's burial location.

Birth

11/22/1822; Madison, CT

Death

09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in West Cemetery, Madison, CT

Notes

1   Page, Charles D., History of the Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Vol. Infantry, Meriden (CT): The Horton Printing Co., 1906, pp. 18, 52, 455  [AotW citation 940]

2   Leech, D. D.T., compiler, List of Post Offices in the United States (1855) with the Names of Postmasters, Washington DC: US Post Office Department, Geo. Gideon, printer, 1855, pg. 77  [AotW citation 941]