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G. Van Ingen

G. Van Ingen

Federal (USV)


Gerrit Van Ingen

(c. 1831 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 89th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Before the war he worked for the New York Rural Reporter. At age 30 he enrolled at Elmira to serve three years and mustered in as Sergeant-Major of the 89th New York Infantry on 5 December 1861. He was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company F on 21 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was acting regimental Adjutant when he was mortally wounded in the leg in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated on 17 (or 19) September, but he died on 26 September (or in October) 1862 at a field hospital near Sharpsburg, MD.

References & notes

Basic information from the State of New York.1 Medical details from the MSHWR 2 and Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His name often seen in military records as Garret or Garrett Van Ingen. His picture from a family presentation [pdf] compiled by Peggy Weston Byrd (2010).


c. 1831


09/26/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, 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 (Issue 31), pp. 324 -   [AotW citation 12492]

2   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, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 266  [AotW citation 21354]

3   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. 422  [AotW citation 21355]