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Federal (USV)


Richard Chaloner

(c. 1832 - 1880)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 28 year old waiter in New York City. He enlisted there and mustered as a Private in Company H, 51st New York Infantry on 28 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left hip and thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 2 October and transferred to Baltimore. He was discharged there for disability caused by wounds on 24 April 1863.

After the War

He began receiving a veteran's pension in August 1869, and by 1870 he was again a waiter in New York City.

References & notes

Basic casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Adjutant General2 and his Muster Roll Abstract, online from fold3. Hospital details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 & 1870, also as Richard Cheloner. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Frances Snaatt (1832-1880) and they had at least 5 children.


c. 1832; London, ENGLAND


1880; Brooklyn, NY; burial in Saint Michael's Cemetery, East Elmhurst, Queens, 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. 158  [AotW citation 17304]

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, p. 35  [AotW citation 30374]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #270  [AotW citation 30375]