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Federal (USV)


Charles Bates

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, he enlisted on 31 August 1861 in Brooklyn, NY, and mustered as a Private in Company G, 51st New York Infantry on 12 September. He was promoted to Corporal on 2 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated and he was treated at the Locust Spring Hospital at Sharpsburg, MD and admitted to the US Army hospital at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 29 December. He was discharged for disability from wounds there on 17 January 1863. He began receiving a veteran's pension in April 1863.

References & notes

Hospital details from Nelson,1 as Charles Betters, and the Patient List.2 His service and wound details from the State of New York,3 and his Muster Roll Abstract, online from fold3, both of which say he was wounded on South Mountain on 14 September; it seems unlikely they would have moved him from a field hospital near Fox's Gap to Sharpsburg before transfer to Fredrick.


c. 1838


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 16415]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.175  [AotW citation 30356]

3   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. 10  [AotW citation 30357]