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Federal (USV)


Wesley Chamberlain

(c. 1840 - 1887)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old butcher, he mustered as Private, Company C, First Minnesota Infantry on 29 April 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He enlisted in the Regular Army in Company B, US Engineers on 24 October 1862 at Sandy Hook, MD. He was discharged at the end of his term of service at Brandy Station, VA on 29 April 1864.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Volunteer service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.2 Details from Barden & Jorgenson.3 His service in the Engineers from the Registers.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1840; Plattsburg, NY


09/24/1887; burial in Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN


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. 159  [AotW citation 17308]

2   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 53  [AotW citation 20275]

3   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/248  [AotW citation 20276]

4   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 147, pg. 25  [AotW citation 20277]