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Federal (USV)


William T. Brain

(1840 - ?)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

He came with his family to New York in 1853, settling in Jonesville, MI by the end of that year. By then a mason in Jonesville, he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Michigan Infantry as Corporal on 19 June 1861, at age 20.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the foot action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Stone House Hospital at Sharpsburg, and discharged for disability at Detroit, MI on 6 February 1863.

After the War

He returned to his trade in Jonesville. In the Fall of 1864 he went to work for the Federal Government on a rolling mill in Chattanooga, TN, and later on the Atlanta Railroad. In early 1865 he returned North first to Dowagiac, then Bear Lake, MI, where he established a farm. He continued to work as a mason in Manistee, MI, and moved there from his farm in 1872. He was still a resident there about 1905.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Michigan1, with casualty information from Nelson,2 who has him as Will T. Bruin. Further details from a sketch in Record Publishing's Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan (1895).


10/21/1840; Birmingham, ENGLAND


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 7, pp. 11 - 24  [AotW citation 12028]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 145  [AotW citation 16909]