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Federal (USV)


Alfred Larkin Cantwell

(c. 1820 - 1862)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a laborer in White County, IN, in November 1849 when he shot a man named Jones who was going to run off with his wife. With his brother-in-law Spencer S. Dayton he was convicted of the murder in October 1850 and sentenced to life in prison. He was pardoned by the Governor in 1861 in order to enlist and he mustered as Private in Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Boonsboro, MD, but died of his wounds on 29 September 1862. He was reinterred from his original burial to the National Cemetery during or before 1867.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Casualty details from Nelson.2 Service from the State of Indiana,3 with details from family genealogists. His murder trial and outcome from W.H. Hamelle's A Standard History of White County (1915).


c. 1820


09/29/1862 Boonsboro, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3290]

2   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. 154  [AotW citation 17092]

3   State of Indiana, Adjutant General's Office, and William H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 8 volumes, Indianapolis: (various) State Printers, 1865-1869, Vol. 4, pg. 622  [AotW citation 17093]