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Federal (USV)

Lieutenant

Thomas W. Cartwright

(c. 1821 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 40 at enrollment, he mustered in as first lieutenant and adjutant on September 16, 1861. Transferred as First Lieutenant to Company G on 2 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in the knee in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He mustered as Captain, Company D on 11 October 1862 to date from 10 September, but resigned his commission and was discharged 10 February 1863. His son Thomas, Jr. - Captain, 5th New York Infantry - had died at age 20 on 26 December 1862 of wounds received at Gaines Mill, VA on 25 June 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1, citing also Conyngham2. His son's photograph is at the NY State Military Museum.

More on the Web

See also a collection of 1862 telegrams from his son, who thought his father had been killed at Fredericksburg in December 1862 (offered for sale by the Excelsior Brigade, dealers in memorabilia).

Birth

c. 1821; Kings County, NY

Notes

1   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001  [AotW citation 2390]

2   Conyngham, David Power, The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns, New York: William McSorley & Co., 1867, Pg. 574  [AotW citation 2419]