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Federal (USV)


James Gates

(1837 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

From Bedford County, he enlisted 11 June 1861 as Private, Company F, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His left leg was amputated, but he died at the Smoketown Hospital north of the battlefield just short of a month afterward.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1, with details from Bull Runnings2. Medical detail from Barnes' The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War (1870). He may also have a stone at St. Paul's Cemetery, Yellow Creek, PA (via Findagrave)


07/20/1837 in PA


10/16/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. I, pp. 774-775  [AotW citation 1410]

2   Smeltzer, Harry, Bull Runnings, first accessed 01 November 2006, <>, Source page: /2012/04/18/chasing-relatives/  [AotW citation 1415]