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Federal (USV)


Frederick Sholts Mears

(1841 - 1921)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old farmer in Washington, IN, he mustered as Private, Company E, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right side of his chest in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Probably while recuperating, he was detached as a nurse at the Carver US Army General Hospital, Washington, DC from October to at least December 1862. He returned to duty, date not given. He was detached again, as teamster in the ammunition train on 17 March 1863 and returned to his Company on 15 December 1863. He mustered out on 1 September 1864 at Indianapolis, IN.

After the War

He was a farmer in Indiana to 1881 or 1882 when he moved to Minnesota, where he farmed in Rice and Steele Counties. He lived mostly in Minneapolis after 1898 until taking over the Cottage Grove Summer Resort in Wright County in 1908. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Minnesota.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of personal details and an excellent post-War photo of him.


09/27/1841; Hindostan Falls, IN


04/02/1921; Annandale, MN; burial in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 594  [AotW citation 18547]