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Federal (USV)


Abner Chauncey Lay

(1835 - 1892)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 78th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Served with 57th NY Infantry and 102nd NY Infantry prior to joining Company A of the 78th NY Infantry on November 12, 1861. He mustered as Sergeant on 21 November. He saw action with the 78th at Charleston, WV, Harpers Ferry, VA, Cedar Mountain, VA, Sulphur Springs, VA, and Centerville, VA in the weeks leading up to the battle at Antietam.

On the Campaign

Sustained severe injuries during battle. Lost an eye & portion of lower jaw.

The rest of the War

Hospitalized in Maryland before being transferred to Staten Island, NY, for additional care.

After the War

Resumed family life in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked as a mason.

References & notes

Service details from the NY Adjutant-General1, who lists him as a deserter at Antietam on 17 September.


12/1835; New York, NY


1892; Brooklyn, NY


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 1901, Serial #29, pg. 722  [AotW citation 15398]