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Federal (USV)


Edward Morse Bliss

(1840 - 1909)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a 22 year old yeoman (farmer) in Worcester when he enlisted as Private, Company H, 15th Massachusetts Infantry on 13 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862:

The ball entered the right side of the thorax near the upper part, and has never been found. He raised some blood immediately, but none since. On the 24th day the wound was still open; he had some cough, but his general condition was very good.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army hospital in the Jail Street School in Frederick, MD on 28 September 1862 and was discharged there for wounds on 22 December 1862.

After the War

At the 1880 US Census he was a clerk in a general store in Spencer, MA and he was postmaster there from 1890-93.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts.1. Hospital details from the Patient List.2 The medical quote from Frank Hastings Hamilton's Treatise on Military Surgery and Hygiene (1865, online). Personal details from Susan Harnwell's profile of him on her excellent Roster and Genealogies of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/19/1840; Buckland, MA


12/02/1909 Spencer, MA; burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Spencer, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 182 - 183  [AotW citation 5852]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #227  [AotW citation 22166]