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N.S. Manross
N.S. Manross

Federal (USV)


Newton Spaulding Manross

(1825 - 1862)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Company Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A Yale graduate, he earned a PhD in Gottingen, Germany in 1852 and was a noted mineralogist. In 1856 he explored and reported on the geology of Chiriqu" (now in Panama) - notably coal and gold - and in 1861 taught Chemistry and Botany at Amherst College. In 1862 he organized and was Captain of Company K of the new 16th Connecticut Infantry, mustering into Federal service on 16 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He led his company in their first combat, at Antietam, and was mortally wounded by an artillery round which took off his left arm at the shoulder on the hill above Burnside's Bridge on 17 September. He died the same afternoon on the field.

References, Sources, and other notes:
The nugget about Chiriqu" from his report - online from Google Books. The fine photo used here is from one in the Bristol Historical Society collection, scanned and posted online, along with details about his death, by John Banks on his blog. Further biographical information from the Biographical Register1.

More on the Web:
See an excellent article about Manross and his colleague William Clark, Colonel of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry, from Patrick Browne on his Historical Digression blog.

Birth Date: 06/20/1825    Place of Birth: Bristol, CT    
College: Yale University    Graduating Year: 1848    
Death Date: 09/17/1862    Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD    Burial Place: Forestville Cemetery, Bristol, CT


1   Beers, J. H., Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut, Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co, 1901, pp. 353-354  [AotW citation 1205]

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