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Federal (USV)


William Jerald Le Moyne

(1831 - 1905)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 29 year old stage actor from Boston, he enlisted 3 December and was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company B, 28th Massachusetts Infantry on 13 December 1861. Fellow actor Lawrence P. Barrett was Company B's Captain. Le Moyne was promoted to Captain on 9 August 1862 after Barrett resigned.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, probably while on picket duty that night.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission due to disability from his wound and was discharged on 3 October 1862.

After the War

He returned to his acting career in 1863, playing in Boston and New York, and retired in 1901 due to a heart ailment.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines,1 which lists him as William J. Lemoyne. Details from sketches in McKay's Famous American Actors of To-day (1896) and Fisher and Londre's Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism (2018) and his obituary in the New York Times of 7 November 1905. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His watercolor self-portrait (c. 1880), sent to actress Elizabeth Jane Phillips, is online thanks to Mary Glen Chitty.


04/29/1831; Boston, MA


11/06/1905; Inwood-on-the-Hudson, NY; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 3, pg. 204  [AotW citation 20123]