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Federal (USV)


Chauncey C. Knowlton

(c. 1840 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 22nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old blacksmith in Brunswick, ME, he mustered as Private, Company I, 22nd Massachusetts Infantry on 4 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded, his left leg shattered, likely by a shot from Federal artillery in action near Shepherdstown, VA in 20 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital and his left leg was amputated at the upper thigh. On 5 October he was taken to the hospital in the German Reformed Church in the town of Sharpsburg, by which time his stump was deteriorating with infection, probably due to neglect of his wound. He died there at 8:00 AM on 13 October 1862. He was reinterred from his original burial near the Antietam battlefield to the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which has him as C.C. Knowlton, Company unknown. Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3, quoting from the casebook of Surgeon E.M. McDowell. 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. 1840


10/13/1862; Sharpsburg, 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 3746]

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. 701  [AotW citation 20747]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pp. 63-64, 278  [AotW citation 20748]