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R. Derby

R. Derby

Federal (USV)


Richard C. Derby

(1834 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, a clerk from Boston when commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, on 19 April 1861. Promoted First Lieutenant on 22 November 1861 and Captain, Company C, 6 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Originally buried near the battlefield, he was reinterred sometime later in Massachusetts.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with details from Susan Harnwell's 15th Massachusetts genealogy. Photograph from a CDV sold in 2006 by Cowan's Auctions.


10/03/1834; Medfield, MA


09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Medfield, 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. 184 - 185  [AotW citation 5861]