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Federal (USV)


George Davis

(c. 1817 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 22nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 44 year old mechanic in Lawrence, MA, he mustered as Private, Company B, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 4 September 1861. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, VA on 1 July 1862 and promoted to Corporal 10 July.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a piece of shell to the jaw, probably from a Federal gun, in action near Shepherdstown, VA on 20 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital near Porterstown, MD, where he was fed by syringe because his lower jaw had been "shot away". He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD in 1 October, but died there of his wounds on 4 October. He was reinterred from his original burial in Frederick to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.2 Hospital details from the Patient List 3 and Nelson.4 The circumstances of his wounding were described by R.G. Carter in Four Brothers in Blue published in the Maine Bugle in 1897. His gravesite is on Findgrave.


c. 1817


10/04/1862; Frederick, 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 3406]

2   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. 659  [AotW citation 20743]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #592  [AotW citation 20744]

4   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. 183  [AotW citation 20749]