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Federal (USV)


James M. Foss

(1843 - 1930)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old farmer from Washington County, he enlisted as Private, Company A, 27th Indiana Infantry 12 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left knee and right thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was initially treated at the Showman Farm hospital at Sharpsburg. From 4 October 1862 he was treated at the City Hotel Hospital in Frederick, MD, and then transferred to the US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick on 9 October. He was discharged for wounds there on 23 October 1862.

After the War

His obituary noted him as a pioneer in Washita County, OK, and the first Postmaster of the city of New Cordell, OK. He died in the hospital at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Leavenworth, KS at age 87.

References & notes

Service information from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Hospital details from the Patient List2 and Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/28/1843 in IN


05/05/1930 Leavenworth, KS; burial in Lawnview Cemetery, Cordell, OK


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 568  [AotW citation 18376]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #667, 798  [AotW citation 18377]

3   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. 213  [AotW citation 18378]