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L.E. Bicknell
L.E. Bicknell

Federal (USV)


Luke Emerson Bicknell

(1839 - 1888)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Sharpshooters
Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a 21 year old student in Boston when he mustered as Private on 3 September 1861. He had previously served in Company A of the 3-month 8th Massachusetts Infantry, listed as Emerson Bicknell. He was promoted to Sergeant (date?).

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 19 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was discharged on disability 18 July 1863.

After the War:
He was in Saint Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan in 1870, but back in Massachusetts at Cummington by 1880. In 1886 he wrote a narrative called The Sharpshooters from a diary he kept during his wartime service.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with genealogical details and the photo used here from Susan Harnwell and contributors at her superb 15th Massachusetts Infantry site. The original and a typescript of his 1886 manuscript are held by the Massachusetts Historical Society [finding aid], Boston.

Birth Date: 10/29/1839    Place of Birth: Windsor, MA    
Death Date: 04/19/1888    Death Place: West Cummington, MA    Burial Place: West Cummington Cemetery, Cummington, MA


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, pp. 206 - 213  [AotW citation 2701]

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