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Federal (USV)


William E. Buck

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old mason from Southboro, he enlisted 2 December 1861 in Company I, 20th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the forehead in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm hospital in Sharpsburg, then at Frederick, MD, and Philadelphia, PA, where he died of wounds on 28 September 1862.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1, with service details from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.




09/28/1862 Philadelphia, PA; burial in Southborough Rural Cemetery, Southborough, MA


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 146  [AotW citation 16950]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 569  [AotW citation 20708]