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Federal (USV)


William Kilborn Yates

(1826 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

He lived in Exeter, NH in 1850, and in 1860 was a 38 (34) year old laborer in Norway, ME. On 7 October 1861, by then living in Milan, NH, he enlisted, and on 23 October mustered-in as a Private in Company B, 5th New Hampshire Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated on the field, but he died of wounds, probably in a field hospital near Sharpsburg, on 27 (or 28) September 1862.

References & notes

His service from Child1 and Ayling.2 Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,3 which has his middle initial as R. Medical details from Nelson4 and the MSHWR.5 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his middle name as Kilburn, and the US Census of 1860; thanks to descendant Merrylyn Sawyer for help with his marriage details. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His military and burial records and gravestone all have mis-transcribed his middle initial as R rather than K.

He married Zilpha Blake Duston/Dustin (1831-1918), a dress maker, in January 1849 in Andover, MA; they were both residents of Lawrence, MA at the time. They had two sons, Herbert (B. NH 1851-1907) and Alvah (b. MA 1861-1866).


01/28/1826; Oxford County, ME


09/27/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, Roster pp. 187 - 202  [AotW citation 13480]

2   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 1, p. 280  [AotW citation 30293]

3   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 4388]

4   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 447  [AotW citation 30291]

5   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, p. 271  [AotW citation 30292]