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Federal (USV)


Orlando Gibson Bruce

(c. 1839 - 1909)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 21 year old carpenter in Decatur, Otsego County, NY. He enlisted 28 September 1861 at Worcester to serve three years, and mustered in as Corporal, Company I, 51st New York Infantry on 9 October.

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 on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, and was discharged for disability on 5 February 1863 at the Convalescent Camp, Alexandria, VA.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a carpenter in East Saginaw, MI. He was a resident of the US Home for Disabled Soldiers in Bath, NY from 11 September 1900 to 8 April 1902, by then separated from his wife, and was admitted again before his death there in 1909.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1, with service details from the Adjutant General.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, and the Registers.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan McCullough (1848-) in 1868 in Saginaw and they had 5 children.


c. 1839 in NY


07/28/1909; burial in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, 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. 145  [AotW citation 16932]

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  [AotW citation 30391]

3   US Department of Veterans Affairs, Registers of the United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1866-1938, Washington, DC: US National Archives and Records Administration, 1938  [AotW citation 30392]