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Federal (USV)


Joseph A. Ball

(1837 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He moved with his family to Troy Township, Bradford County, PA in 1841, and was a farmer there. He enlisted in Company D, 23rd New York Infantry on 6 May 1861 at age 23, and mustered as Corporal on 16 May.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His right arm was amputated, and he was discharged for wounds at Washington, DC on 5 December 1862.

After the War

He was in the "general merchandise business" from 1875 to 1885 in East Troy, PA.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1, who has him in the 13th New Jersey Infantry. Service from the NY Adjutant General.2 Details from his obituary, transcribed online from the Troy Gazette-Register of 4 October 1912 by Joyce M. Tice. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/09/1837; Painted Post, NY


09/20/1912; East Troy, PA; burial in Leonard Cemetery, Springfield, PA


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. 121  [AotW citation 16242]

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, Serial No. 20, pg. 435  [AotW citation 17265]