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Federal (USV)


Charles Stewart Draper

(1841 - 1892)

Home State: Michigan

Command Billet: ADC

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Division, II Corps

Before Antietam

A student, he enlisted as Quartermaster or Commissary Sergeant, Fifth Michigan Infantry on 28 August 1861. On 21 October 1861 he transferred to Company I, 3rd Michigan Infantry at Ft. Lyon, VA and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. He was detached (probably immediately) to General Richardson's staff as Captain and aide de camp (ADC), US Volunteers - officially on 1 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was aide to General Richardson on the Campaign. He was wounded in the leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on account of wounds on 19 March 1863. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Veteran Reserve Corps, and promoted to First Lieutenant in late 1863. He resigned from the VRC in January 1865. He earned an AB from the University of Michigan, Class of 1863.

After the War

He was a lawyer in Saginaw, MI and a Regent of the University of Michigan from 1887. He died on the SS Columbia at sea between Hamburg and New York City on 6 August 1892.

References & notes

Biographical detail from the fine research of Steve Soper in a bio sketch on his Third Michigan Infantry site and from Robertson1. His wound from a list published in the New York Times of 21 September 1862. His memorial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac [via Findagrave], has him as Charles Stuart Draper.


08/26/1841; Pontiac, MI


08/06/1892; Pontiac


1   State of Michigan, Adjutant General's Office, and John Robertson, Adjutant General, Michigan in the War, Lansing: W.S. George & Co., State Printers, 1882, pg. 816  [AotW citation 13509]