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Federal (USV)


Francis Shields

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Giving his age as 25, he enlisted in Philadelphia on 26 August 1861 and mustered into service as Private, Company K, 69th Pennsylvania Infantry on 31 October at Camp Observation, MD.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His remains were taken back to Philadelphia and buried there on 7 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/1840; Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, IRELAND


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Saint Anne's Catholic Parish Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11665]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23292]