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Federal (USV)


George M. Bassett

(1840 - 1898)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old printer on the Buffalo Commercial , he enlisted in Buffalo, NY on 9 May 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company C, 21st New York Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 7 August 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 in Buffalo.

After the War

He was a printer for the Wyoming (NY) Democrat to about 1866, then was print foreman and manager of the Western New Yorker for 25 years, and lived in Warsaw, Wyoming County.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson,1 also as Barnett. His service from the Adjutant General, 2 as George M. Barrett, and his New York Muster Roll Extract, online from fold3, with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave; source also of post-war details, from an unidentified obituary.

He married Eliza Jane Choate (1842-1909) in about 1866 and they had 3 sons.


1840; Java, NY


03/18/1898; Warsaw, NY; burial in Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, 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. 123  [AotW citation 16283]

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. 180  [AotW citation 28166]

3   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 294  [AotW citation 28167]