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Federal (USV)


Robert J. Laffin

(c. 1834 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 27, he enlisted in New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Corporal, Company F, 69th New York Infantry on 13 November 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His right arm was amputated in the middle third of the humerus bone on 18 September at Sharpsburg by Assistant Surgeon H. Pinckney, 9th NY Militia. He was mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company B on 1 November 1862 (to rank from 1 October). He returned to duty on 28 March 1863 and was mustered out on the consolidation of the regiment on 12 June 1863. He had later service in the Veteran Reserve Corps.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster.1 Amputation details from McLernon,2 citing the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870).


c. 1834


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. 186  [AotW citation 18128]

2   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Bloody Lane, Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2014, pg. 18  [AotW citation 18129]