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Federal (USV)


Peter Cluskey

(c. 1824 - 1883)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 37, from Portland, he enlisted as Private, Company I, First Maine Infantry for 3 months service on 3 May 1861. He then enlisted as Private, Company I, 10th Maine Infantry, and mustered on 4 October 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

On the 17th at Antietam, the 10th Maine was deployed on either side of the Smoketown Road near the East Woods ...

The fire which we received was also a very severe, one and despite our shelter, it was very destructive to us, for the forces were so scattered that hardly a man could hide his front without exposing his side. Co F and the others who had the ledge for shelter were more favored, but they were annoyed by some plunging shots for a long time before they discovered rebel sharpshooters in the trees. Dennis McGoverin of F, an Irish recruit, brought down one of these, Peter McCluskey [sic] of I another, and some one else dropped a third who had climbing irons strapped on his legs.
Corporal Cluskey was wounded in the side in action that day.

The rest of the War

He mustered out of the 10th Infantry in May 1863, still absent due to wounds. He enlisted 17 December 1863 in Company C, 29th Maine Infantry. He was promoted Sergeant, date not given, and mustered out on 10 May 1866.

References & notes

The quote above and his wound from Gould.1 Service from the Maine Adjutant General.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. He's also seen in military records as Peter Clusky.


c. 1824


01/27/1883; burial in Togus National Cemetery, Togus, ME


1   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 238-239, 261  [AotW citation 17399]

2   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pg. 289  [AotW citation 17441]