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T.M. Atkinson

T.M. Atkinson

Federal (USV)


Thomas Mortimer Atkinson

(1842 - 1918)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in New York City in Company B, 9th New York Infantry at age 19 on 4 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in the shoulder in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 30 May 1863. He enlisted again, in New York City, and mustered as Private in the 97th New York Infantry on 3 April 1865. He was not assigned to a Company and mustered out with a detachment of recruits on Harts Island, New York Harbor about a month later on 5 May.

After the War

He moved to Delaware County, NY about 1891. In 1900 he was a creameryman in Sidney Center, and was still in that occupation there in 1910.

References & notes

Service information from Graham1 and the Adjutant General.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1900 and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph published in The Bloodiest Day,3 as an unidentified member of the 9th, from an original courtesy Daniel Miller. Thanks to g-g-grandson Eric Eddy for the pointer to Thomas, and for the identification of his photograph in his zouave uniform.

He married Retteen Maria (or Maria Reteen) Anderson (1853-1915) in September 1874 and they had 7 children.

More on the Web

He's seen, among others of the unit, in youtube videos 9th New York, Hawkins Zoaves (2008, at 2:42) and Billy Barlow (2012, at 1:30).


01/11/1842; Manhattan, NY


03/09/1918; Sidney Center, NY; burial in Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, NY


1   Graham, Matthew John, The Ninth Regiment, New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves), New York: E.P. Coby & Company, Printers, 1900, pp. 572 - 579  [AotW citation 14156]

2   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 1899, Ser. #18, pg. 619; 1902/32, pg. 742  [AotW citation 24457]

3   Bailey, Ronald L., and Editors of Time/Life, The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam, Alexandria (Va): Time-Life Books, 1984, pg. 121  [AotW citation 24458]