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I.T. Bronson
I.T. Bronson

Federal (USV)


Ira Thomas Bronson

(1840 - 1915)
Home State: New Hampshire
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Bath, he enlisted at age 21 as Musician (bugler) in Company I, Fifth New Hampshire Infantry on 23 September 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Ira T. Bronson from Bath, N. H., Company I, was on the advance line from South Mountain to Antietam. Just as the line arrived in sight of Sharpsburg, a Confederate shot at Bronson from behind a bush just across the creek, the bullet striking very near ; seeing his danger, Bronson began a zigzag advance upon the fellow, calling the attention of the line to the case. Before he could be routed he fired two more shots, both taking effect upon Bronson's clothing. At this juncture our men saw the situation and began firing, and the fellow ran from cover, making for the Sharpsburg bridge through a rattling fire from our line. He escaped, climbed upon the bridge and swung his hat at us. Our men cheered.
He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He reenlisted and mustered in 1 January 1864. He was appointed Sergeant, then First Lieutenant, Company C on 28 October 1864. He mustered out of service on 28 June 1865.

After the War:
He was a physician and surgeon in Sedalia, MO from 1873 to his death in 1915. His wife was Orpha Gleason.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information, the quote above, and a post-war photo of Bronson in Child1. His tinted photo (c. 1865) from one of unknown provenance posted on Ancestry.com by whgleason. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Further detail from the General Catalogue of Dartmouth College and the Associated Schools 1769-1900 and Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 64, Part 2 (1914).

Birth Date: 07/31/1840    Place of Birth: Watertown, NY    
College: Dartmouth Medical College    Graduating Year: 1870    
Death Date: 02/15/1915    Death Place: Sedalia, MO    Burial Place: Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, MO


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, pg. 132; Roster, pg. 22  [AotW citation 13360]

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