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N. Hayward

N. Hayward

Federal (USV)


Nathan Hayward

(1830 - 1866)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard College (AB '50); Harvard Medical, Class of 1855

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a graduate of Harvard College in 1850 and of its Medical School in 1855. By 1861 he was a 31 year old physician in Roxbury, MA, and he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, 20th Massachusetts Infantry on 1 July 1861. He was appointed Surgeon on 10 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was captured at Antietam on 17 September 1862 while tending the wounded Lieutenant Colonel Francis W. Palfrey. He was released shortly after and treated wounded soldiers at the 2nd Corps field hospital on the Susan Hoffman Farm just north of Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He continued in field service with his regiment until honorably discharged on 19 September 1864. He was honored by brevets to Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, USV in March 1865.

After the War

He set up a practice in St. Louis, MO in 1865 but died there during a cholera outbreak in 1866.

References & notes

Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.1 Details from Brown's Harvard University in the War of 1861-1865 (1886) and his death notice in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of 24 August 1866. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an 1862 CDV in the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment carte de visite album at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

More on the Web

See more about his work as a sketch artist while a student at Harvard in a blog post about student life from the Harvard Library.




08/17/1866; St. Louis, MO; burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, MO


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. 494  [AotW citation 20706]