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Federal (USV)


Richard Charlton

(1842 - 1927)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

Born in New York, he moved with his family to Illinois in 1854 and on to Goodhue County, MN in 1857. A 19 year old farmer on his step-father's place in Wanamingo, he enlisted as Private, Company A, 2nd United States Sharpshooters on 5 October 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863 and was in hospitals for the rest of the year. He was discharged on 22 September 1864.

After the War

He returned to farming in Goodhue County, MN and was there to at least 1900. In 1910 and to at least 1920 he was living in St. Paul, retired.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from Minnesota.2 Personal details from a sketch in Wood-Alley's History of Goodhue County (1878), from family genealogists, and the US Census for 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Maria Jane Waite (1847-1942) in February 1868 and they had 8 children.


12/24/1842; Bronx, NY


03/15/1927; St. Paul, MN; burial in Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, 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. 160  [AotW citation 17321]

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  [AotW citation 25016]