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S.W. Burgess

S.W. Burgess

Federal (USV)


Samuel Wadsworth Burgess

(1840 - 1916)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

He went with his family to New Hampshire in 1847, to Wisconsin in 1850, at age 10, and to a farm in St. Charles, Minnesota in 1856. He enlisted in Company K, 1st Minnesota Infantry on 10 October 1861 at Winona.

On the Campaign

He was wounded - by a spent ball - in the shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was ill in the months after the battle, hospitalized in New York City in December 1862, and discharged for disability 17 January 1863. After recovering in Minnesota, he helped organize and recruit the 2nd Minnesota Cavalry to fight the Sioux in the State. He enlisted in Company L on 28 November 1863 and was promoted to First Sergeant. He mustered out at that rank on 4 May 1866.

After the War

He farmed a claim in Jackson County, MN until 1872, then moved to Mankato and was in the lumber business. He was Captain, Company F, 2nd Regiment Minnesota National Guard to 1884.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Many details from Barden and Jorgenson,2 source also of the picture here, from a photo of him as Sergeant, 2nd Cavalry, at the Hennepin History Museum. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/22/1840; Grafton, VT


05/04/1916; Mankato, MN; burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, MN


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. 148  [AotW citation 16988]

2   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/1132  [AotW citation 17034]