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Federal (USV)


Patrick Dolan

(c. 1836 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 25, he enlisted at Brooklyn to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company F, 69th New York Infantry on 5 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862:

A conoidal musket ball had entered three inches below the right nipple, fracturing the eighth rib, passed through the body, and lodged on the left side of the spine, under the twelfth rib.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a hospital in Frederick, MD on 26 September and treated with "good diet and cod liver oil". He was transferred, "cured", on 21 April 1863 to the West Buildings Hospital, Baltimore, and on 1 May 1863 to Fort Wood in New York Harbor. He was discharged from the service at the hospital on Devil's Island, NY on 30 May 1863.

After the War

On 17 December 1863 a pension examiner reported that Dolan was suffering from chronic pain and "extreme prostration". By 8 February 1864 he was suffering with cough and "symptoms of phthisis" (pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar illness). He died on 4 March 1864 from phthisis as a result of his Antietam wound.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster.1 Details and the quotes above are from McLernon,2 citing the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1836


03/04/1864; in NY; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


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 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 87  [AotW citation 18031]

2   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001, pg. 8  [AotW citation 18032]