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F. W. Palfrey

F. W. Palfrey

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Francis Winthrop Palfrey

(1831 - 1889)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard, Harvard Law, Class of 1853

Command Billet: Regiment Lt Colonel

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

He was wounded (& captured?) at the battle.

The rest 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 & 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


4/11/1831; Boston, MA