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Federal (USV)


Martin J. Casey

(1843 - 1891)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Maryland Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

From Baltimore, he enlisted and mustered as a Private in Battery A, First Maryland Light Artillery on 30 November 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He transferred to Battery B on 11 March 1865 and mustered out on 3 July 1865.

After the War

He had US Navy service from about 1866 to at least 7 June 1887, when he reenlisted for 3 years aboard USS Independence at Mare Island, CA as a Machinist. Over those years he had served on USS Tallapoosa, Lackawanna, Stonewall, Palos, Passaic, Colorado, Monocacy, and Independence. By 1878 he'd been scarred by scalding aboard USS Monocacy. And he had at least two tattoos by 1887 - a dancing girl and "naval emblem."

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from Wilmer,2 his Compiled Service Records,3, and US Navy Return of Enlistments of 13 April 1878 and 11 June 1887, and Shipping Articles (with enlistment signatures), the latter online from fold3. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/1843; County Cork, IRELAND


09/10/1891; San Francisco, CA; burial in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA


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. 157  [AotW citation 17288]

2   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, Vol. 1, pp. 798, 805  [AotW citation 29427]

3   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29428]