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Federal (USV)


David Ludlow Thompson

(1837 - 1926)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

His father died when he was three. He was educated in Flushing, Long Island, NY at the Flushing Institute and was on the faculty there. At age 25 - on August 13, 1862 - he enlisted at New York City and mustered in as Private, Company G, 9th New York Infantry, to serve three years.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam, probably by members of the 15th Georgia Infantry.

The rest of the War

He was confined at Libby Prison, Richmond, VA September 28, 1862 and paroled October 6, 1862. He transferred to Company B, Third Infantry on May 6, 1863. He was later commissioned Lieutenant and served on the staff of General Newton M. Curtis. His discharge papers are dated 6 June 1865.

After the War

He wrote of his experiences at Antietam for the Century Magazine, later reprinted in Battles and Leaders (1884-1887), excerpted in an Exhibit on AotW. By 1901 he was a cashier in North Plainfield, NJ and had 5 daughters.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1. His papers are at the New-York Historical Society. Further details from a 1901 Sayre family genealogy (his mother was Keturah Elizabeth Sayre, 1801 - 1888).


08/28/1837; Windham, OH




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, Issue 18 (for the year 1899), pp. 760 - 770  [AotW citation 12758]