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Federal (USV)


William Berryman

(1831 - 1879)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A clerk in New York City, he served in Company F, 12th New York Militia from 3 February 1860 to 5 August 1861, discharged as a Corporal. He then enlisted and mustered as Sergeant, Company B, 51st New York Infantry on 9 September 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 8 May 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 19 October 1862. On 29 January 1864, by then a commission merchant in Boston, MA, he enlisted again, as a Private in Company H, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal on 28 February, to Sergeant on 14 July 1864, and mustered out on 14 November 1865 in Richmond, VA.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the NY Adjutant General2 and Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.3 Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Jane Tiernan (1835-1918) in September 1861 - two days before he enlisted. They had 6 children between 1867 and 1875.


06/09/1831; Ballyriff, County Londonderry, IRELAND


12/29/1879; Manhattan, NY; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, 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. 131  [AotW citation 16411]

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, pg. 13  [AotW citation 22461]

3   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 6, pg. 459  [AotW citation 22462]