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Federal (USV)


Franklin Averill

(c. 1842 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, a teamster in Colden, Erie County, NY, he enlisted in Buffalo on 20 September 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in the same day as a Private in Company F, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863. He enlisted again, in Troy, NY in the 21st New York Cavalry on 28 September 1863, and mustered as a Private in Company H on 14 October. He was promoted to Corporal that month, but was shot by the provost guard at Cumberland, MD, and died of wounds on 23 September 1864.

After the War

He was originally buried in Cumberland, but reinterred in the Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Antietam casualty information from Nelson,1 with his service and death details from the Adjutant General,2 and his muster roll abstracts, via fold3. Burial information from the cemetery History.3 Personal details from the Colden (NY) Town Clerk Register of Men Who Served in the Civil War, via His gravesite is on Findagrave; more about that over on the blog.

The 21st Cavalry was at the Remount Camp at Cumberland in September and October 1864. There were at least two other deaths, two civil arrests, and 18 desertions in the regiment during that period.


c. 1842 in CANADA


09/23/1864; in MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 118  [AotW citation 16195]

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. No. 20, pg. 178; 1894, V.5, p. 239  [AotW citation 28210]

3   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869, pg. 92  [AotW citation 28211]