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Federal (USV)


John Shilling

(c. 1835 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 26 year old wiredrawer in Worcester, MA, he mustered as Private in Company B, 20th Massachusetts Infantry on 6 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the right leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown field hospital near Sharpsburg and his leg was amputated, but he died there of wounds on 20 September 1862. He was reinterred from his original burial at Smoketown to the new National Cemetery in 1866 or 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines 2 with wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1835


09/20/1862 Smoketown, 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 4162]

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. 511  [AotW citation 20711]

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, pg. 385  [AotW citation 20712]