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R. Matheson

R. Matheson

Federal (USA)


Roderick Nicol Matheson

(1824 - 1862)

Home State: California

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He went to San Fransisco in the 'gold rush' of 1849, was a leading citizen there, and from 1856 taught school and farmed at Healdsville, CA. In January 1861 he traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the inauguration of President Lincoln, soon volunteered for Army service, and in May, at New York City, he was elected Colonel (at age 37) of the "First California" Regiment (32nd NY) as it was organized.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Crampton's Gap on September 14th, and died just over two weeks later at Burkittsville, MD.

References & notes

Source: A fine biograhy from Hannah Clayborn's History of Healdsburg.


5/28/1824; Inverness, SCOTLAND


10/2/1862 Burkittsville, MD; burial in Oak Mound Cemetery, Healdsburg, CA