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F. W. Palfrey
F. W. Palfrey

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Francis Winthrop Palfrey

(1831 - 1889)
Home State: Massachusetts
Command Billet: Regiment Lt Colonel
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a lawyer.

After service as Lt in the 4th Battalion, Mass Militia, he was appointed Lt Colonel of the 20th in September 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded (& captured?) at the battle.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Colonel of the 20th in January 1863, and resigned in April 1863.

After the War:
He wrote extensively about the Battle of Antietam, notably the book The Antietam and Fredericksburg, 1882.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889

Birth Date: 4/11/1831    Place of Birth: Boston, MA    
College: Harvard, Harvard Law    Graduating Year: 1853    
Death Date: 12/5/1889    

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