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Federal (USA)


Alexander Carolin


(1834 - 1865)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 69th New York State Militia in 1861 for 3 months' service, and saw action at Bull Run on 21 July 1861. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, 4th US Infantry on 5 August 1861, and promoted to First Lieutenant, Company E, on 25 September.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company F at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded at Petersburg, VA in 1864 and promoted to Captain on 9 June 1864. He was honored by brevet to Major in March 1865 (which he acknowledged in a letter to the Army's Adjutant General from Richmond, VA on 2 June 1865) and was on sick leave in May 1865.

After the War

He died, cause not known, on 23 September 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Powell.1 His role at Antietam from Captain Dryer's Report. His burial place from his death notice in the New York Times of 26 September 1865. His nickname from the Journal (1911) of the Military Service Institution of the United States.

More on the Web

See an excellent letter he wrote his father on 23 July 1861 after the First Battle of Bull Run, thanks to Harry Smeltzer.


1834; New York City, NY


09/23/1865; New York City, NY; burial in Calvary Cemetery


1   Powell, William Henry, A History of the Organization and Movements of the Fourth Regiment of Infantry, United States Army, Washington, DC: McGill and Witherow, Printers and Stereotypers, 1871, pp. 88 - 202  [AotW citation 13657]