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Federal (USV)


Jacob Kelsch

(c. 1834 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 27, he enlisted in Company B, 20th New York Infantry on 3 May 1861 in New York City. He was promoted to Corporal on 11 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in Maryland with his Company but died of disease at a hospital in Hagerstown, MD on 30 October 1862.

After the War

He was initially buried in a plot near the Alms House in Hagerstown but may have been reinterred elsewhere at a later date.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1, which notes his last name also found as Kolsch and Kelsh. Death details from an article in the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom & Torch Light of 12 November 1862.


c. 1834


10/30/1862; Hagerstown, MD


1   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 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 73  [AotW citation 17645]