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W. Stone

W. Stone

Federal (USV)


William Stone

(1842 - 1897)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A student in Boston, age 19, he enlisted in Company C, 19th Massachusetts Infantry on 23 August 1861. He was appointed First Sergeant, date not given. Wounded 30 June 1862 near Glendale, VA.

On the Campaign

Wounded in action 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 7 September 1862, and First Lieutenant on 25 March 1863. Wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. Accepted commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on 20 August 1863. Promoted First Lieutenant on 28 October, and Captain, 7th Regiment, VRC on 25 March 1865. Honored by brevet to Major for meritorious service in recruitment on 4 October 1865. Mustered out of Volunteer service on 4 January 1867.

After the War

Commissioned First Lieutenant, 45th US Infantry on 28 July 1866, unassigned on 22 July 1869, and discharged 21 December 1870 at his own request. He had served with the Freedman's Bureau in South Carolina. He practiced law in Charleston, SC and was appointed Attorney General of the state in 1876 during Reconstruction. When his appointment was revoked by new Governor Wade Hampton in 1877, he went to New York City, and practiced law there until his death.

References & notes

Basic information from Heitman1 and Soldiers2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph (c. 1865) from one provided to Wikipedia by descendent Suzanne Stone Johnson, source of some details above. His brother Lincoln was Assistant Surgeon of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at Antietam. His father Thomas Treadwell Stone was a noted pastor and abolitionist.


09/04/1842; East Machias, ME


05/22/1897; burial in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, MA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 929  [AotW citation 14486]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 434; Vol. 7, pg. 268  [AotW citation 14487]