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Federal (USV)


Hugh Gallagher

(c. 1823 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 61st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 38, he enlisted on 26 August 1861 in New York City for three years and mustered as Private in Company B, 61st NY Infantry on 18 September.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Lieutenant Frederick W. Grannis wrote his widow:

Hugh Galliger I regret to state was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam and died upon the field. He was struck about midway between the knee and hip by a musket ball which must have severed an artery as he bled to death in a very short time. It was in the heat of the engagement that he was wounded and at such a moment little assistance could be rendered him. His body was decently interred in a single grave near the battle ground and a board with his name, company & regt placed at the head. He was a gallant soldier & met his death at the very foremost of the battle.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York.1 The quote above from his widow's pension file, transcribed and posted by Damian Shiels on Irish in the American Civil War. Details from Reardon & Vossler.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Ann Finan/Finen (b. c.1814) in New York in 1847.


c. 1823 in IRELAND


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, 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, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 921  [AotW citation 7694]

2   Reardon, Carol, and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016  [AotW citation 22590]