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M.F. Watson
M.F. Watson

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant

Malbone Francis Watson

(1839 - 1891)
Home State: Unknown
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery I

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
After graduating from West Point in May 1861, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 1st US Cavalry 6 May, and transferred to the 5th US Artillery as First Lieutenant less than a week later. He was brevetted for bravery at Gaines Mill, VA in June 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Commanded a section of guns in Maryland.

The remainder of the War:
He was at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863 - where he commanded the battery. He lost his leg to amputation, and was brevetted Major for that action. He remained in service through the War.

After the War:
He continued in Regular Army service, and was promoted to Captain on 9 March 1866. He retired on 18 September 1868.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service dates from Heitman1. His role in Maryland mentioned by Captain Weed in his Report. Further details and life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. His photograph here from an 1866 CDV sold at auction by Cowan's in 2005. His amputated knee joint is preserved in the collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), MD.

Birth Date: 06/02/1839    Place of Birth: Catskill, NY    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: May    Class Rank: 25
Death Date: 12/08/1891    Death Place: Dayton, OH    Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC



Notes

1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 1009  [AotW citation 9770]



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