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Federal (USV)


James Montgomery Foster

(c. 1839 - 1909)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year farmer in Whitehall, IN, he mustered as Private, Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was court-martialed for disobedience on 20 June 1862 and served extra guard duty as punishment.

On the Campaign

He was wounded, by gunshot to the right in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the field hospital at Smoketown, MD and his right index finger was amputated. He later served as a nurse there and at a US General Hospital in Frederick, MD. He was discharged for the missing finger and paralysis caused by infection from another wounded soldier at Baltimore, MD on 7 November 1863.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 Court martial and other details from Steven Russell's Company F Roster.


c. 1839


11/03/1909; Worthington, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 599  [AotW citation 18599]

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. 213  [AotW citation 18600]