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Federal (USV)


Rufus Henry Cole, Jr.

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 23 year old clerk, he enlisted 10 February 1862 in Company B, 19th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the left leg, with fracture of the femur, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm Hospital, then at the Smoketown Hospital, where he died of wounds on 5 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.1 Casualty and hospital details from Nelson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.




10/05/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Riverview Cemetery, Bucksport, ME


1   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. 422  [AotW citation 17737]

2   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. 167  [AotW citation 17738]