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Federal (USV)


Elisha Perkins

(1832 - 1899)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 30 year old farmer in Daviess County, he mustered as Private, Company E, 27th Indiana Infantry on 14 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 by a gunshot. It passed through his sinus near his left eye, into his mouth, missing the tongue, and out near his right ear tearing the roof of his mouth, then fracturing and dislocating his jaw at the joint.

The rest of the War

He was treated for the gunshot and for typhoid fever at the US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD from 3 October until he was discharged for wounds on 6 March 1863. At that time he could open his teeth only about one-half inch to chew.

After the War

He lived in Daviess County, IN until moving his family to a farm in Cherokee County, Kansas in May 1873. He lived there the rest of his life, was city weigher in Columbus for about 10 years, and was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).

References & notes

His service, wound, and hospital information from Steve Russell's Roster. Frederick hospital details from the Patient List,1 which has him as Elias Perkins. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of life details from an obituary in the Columbus Advocate of 21 December 1899. He's not found in the Indiana Adjutant General's Report or Brown's History of the Twenty-Seventh Indiana.


04/16/1832; Daviess County, IN


12/19/1899; Columbus, KS; burial in Edgmand Cemetery, Columbus, KS


1   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.938  [AotW citation 18549]