Samuel F. Willard(1822 - 1862)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Company officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 14th Connecticut Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
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.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action at the Bloody Lane on 17 September.
References, Sources, and other 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 Date: 11/22/1822 Place of Birth: Madison, CT |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: West Cemetery, Madison, CT
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]
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