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Federal (USV)


Julius C. Kelsey

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 61st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted on 2 September 1861 at Hamilton for three years and mustered as Private, Company C, 61st New York Infantry on 6 September.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Of the next day, Sergeant Fuller later wrote:

All through the 18th we remained in position, hugging the ground. The picket lines of the two armies were near together, and were blazing away at one another on every opportuity. Our line of battle was so near to the picket line that anyone showing himself would be fired on. One of my company, Julius C. Kelsey of Smyrna, was killed while on this duty.

References & notes

Service information from the State of New York,1 which says he was killed in action on 17 September. The quote above from Fuller.2.


c. 1843


09/18/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   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 25 (for 1900)  [AotW citation 7658]

2   Fuller, Charles Augustus, Personal Recollections of the War of 1861... in the Sixty-first Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Sherburne (NY): News Job Printing House, 1906, pp. 53 - 73  [AotW citation 7673]