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Federal (USV)


James M. Bolton

(1834 - 1889)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, he enlisted at Norristown on 7 September 1861 and mustered as Private, Company A, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 September 1861 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital near Keedysville, MD and admitted to the US Hotel Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 7 October. He was discharged for disability from his wound on 25 June 1863.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Card File2 and Parker.3 Hospital detail from the Patient List.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.




1889; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, 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. 136  [AotW citation 16479]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23097]

3   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pg. 625  [AotW citation 23098]

4   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #671  [AotW citation 23099]