site logo
[no picture yet]

[no picture yet]

Federal (USV)


Edward Britton

(c. 1831 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 30 year old printer, he enrolled at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as 3rd Sergeant, Company I, 69th New York Infantry on 27 September 1861. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 2 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the right arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was sent ot US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 24 September.

A musket ball shattered the right humerus just below the surgical neck and lodged. The head and three and a half inches of the shaft of the humerus were excised through a linear incision, on September 28th, by A. A. Surgeon J. H. Bartholf. He died on October 27, 1862, of symptoms of pleuritis and pneumonia.
He was originally buried in Frederick, probably at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, but later reinterred at the new National Cemetery.

References & notes

Basic casualty information from Nelson1. Service dates from the Roster.2 The quote above and other details from McLernon.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1831 in IRELAND


10/27/1862; Frederick, 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. 142  [AotW citation 16636]

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 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 29  [AotW citation 17977]

3   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Bloody Lane, Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2014, pg. 7  [AotW citation 17978]