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Federal (USV)


Charles Traynor

(c. 1828 - 1865)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 34 year old bricklayer, he enlisted in New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company K, 69th New York Infantry on 16 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD. He transferred to Company B, 18th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps, date not given, and back to the 69th, Company A, on 4 December 1864. He transferred to Company F and was appointed Corporal, dates not given.

Camp Near Petersburg Va.

March 13th 1865

My Dear Mother

I write to you a few lines hoping the[y] will find yous all in good health as I am in at present thank God. I received your letter on the 8th and was glad to hear of yous all been well, Dear Mother. I got 4 months pay and sent you 40 dollors by Adams Express. I hope you have got it before this. I could have got a furlow if I had aplyed for one but I thought it as good to never mind going home untill I go home all together. I trust the Almythy will spear [spare] me my life. The duty is hard enough here we expect to have a moove shortly, give my best love to my brother and sisters and to Mr. Wallice and family. Write soone. Nomore at present from your

Loving Son

Charles Traynor
On 25 March 1865, 12 days after wrote that letter, he was killed in action at Fort Stedman, near Petersburg, VA .

After the War

He was originally buried on the Cummings Farm, and later reinterred at the National Cemetery.

References & notes

Service information from the Roster,1 which has him as Charles Trainor, Trainer or Traynor. His Antietam wound detail from Nelson.2 Further details and the letter quoted above from an excellent post from Damian Shiels on his Irish in the American Civil War site, from his research in Charles Trainor Dependent Mother's Pension File, NARA. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1828 in IRELAND


03/25/1865; near Petersburg, VA; burial in Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, VA


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. 340  [AotW citation 18210]

2   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. 416  [AotW citation 18211]