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C. Wands
C. Wands

Federal (USV)


Charles Francis Wands

(1842 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 59th New York Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A farm laborer, he enlisted at age 18 in Adams, NY and mustered in as Private, Company B, 59th New York Infantry on 12 October 1861. He transferred to Company H on 31 December 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service data from State of New York2, which has his middle initial as W. The photograph here from a very fine portrait with musket taken in Keene, NH, owned by Bruce Garrett and provided by George F Lewenczuk, who also contributed a photo of Private Wands' gravestone. Further details from the 1860 Federal Census for Adams, Jefferson County, NY and family genealogist Emily Salings. Interestingly, Wands' obituary was published in the 7 October 1862 edition of the Cork (Ireland) Examiner.

Birth Date: 11/13/1842    Birth State: NY    
Death Date: 09/17/1862    Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD    Burial Place: 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 4316]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 26 (for 1900), pg. 638  [AotW citation 8620]

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