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A. Barger

A. Barger

Federal (USV)


Allen Barger

(1843 - 1916)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 16 year old farm worker on his parent's place in Putnam Valley, NY. He enlisted on 10 October 1861 in Peekskill, NY and mustered as a Private in Company H, 51st New York Infantry on 18 October.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in Frederick, MD on 3 October, transferred to Camp B there on 5 January 1863, and returned to his Company on 14 March. He was promoted to Corporal by June 1863, reenlisted on 1 December 1863, and was promoted to Sergeant on 5 March 1865. He was appointed First Sergeant of his Company on 1 July and mustered out with them on 25 July 1865 near Alexandria, VA.

After the War

By 1870 he was again a farm worker back in Putnam Valley. In 1880 he was working in a paper mill there, but by 1900 and to at least 1910 was a machinist in a factory at Cortlandt in Wayne County, NY.

References & notes

Basic casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Adjutant General,2 also as Allen Berger. Hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Allen B. Barger, a middle initial found no where else. His picture from a photograph of him in Corporal's stripes in the Scott D Hann Collection, as reproduced in Military Images (September/October 2002).

He married Frances Snaatt and they had a daughter Annie (1858-1892).


08/19/1843; Peekskill, NY


09/04/1916; Yonkers, NY; burial in Hillside Cemetery, Cortlandt Manor, NY


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. 122  [AotW citation 16263]

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 1900, Ser. No. 25, p. 8  [AotW citation 30372]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #727, 1.338  [AotW citation 30373]