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W.S. Boynton

W.S. Boynton

Federal (USV)


William Sullivan Boynton

(1828 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 33 year old farmer in Fitchburg, MA, he mustered as Private, Company D, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861.

On the Campaign

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

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his birth in 1827 in Boston and is the source of his picture from a photograph of unknown provenance.

He married Sophronia Maria Whitcomb (1831-1863) in 1848 and they had a son, Charles Henry (1848-1868) and 4 more children. Sophronia remarried 26 November 1862 but died just over a year later, soon after losing a pair of newborn twins.


06/10/1828; Lunenburg, MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


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. 139  [AotW citation 16530]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 612  [AotW citation 20716]