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Federal (USV)


Patrick Hughes

(c. 1825 - ?)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Soldier

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 36, he enlisted 25 April 1861 in New York City and mustered as Private in Company K, 4th New York Infantry on 2 May. His regiment saw only non-combat duty before joining French's Division of Sumner's Second Army Corps in September 1862.

On the Campaign

Hughes was wounded by gunshot through the head, probably while assaulting the Confederate position in the Sunken Road about 9:00AM on 17 September.

The rest of the War

Hughes survived his wound and was discharged from service in January 1863.

After the War

He was granted a disability pension, but also worked as a paddler at an iron foundry, probably in Delaware. His medical treatment and history up to 8 years after the battle are well documented.

References & notes

His medical history and life after the battle are found in The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion.1 Service from the NY Adjutant General.2

More on the Web

See an illustrated feature on Patrick Hughes and his terrible wound from behind AotW.


c. 1825 in IRELAND


1   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part I, Volume II, pp. 206-7  [AotW citation 825]

2   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 1898, Ser. No. 17, pg. 694  [AotW citation 20353]