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Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Constant Luce

(1820 - 1903)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 40, he was commissioned Captain, Company A, 4th Michigan Infantry on 20 June 1861 (to date from 16 May) in Adrian, MI, but he resigned for disability on 23 November. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the new 17th Michigan Infantry on its organization and commissioned on 8 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He narrowly avoided a wound at Antietam on 17 September 1862 when his pocket watch deflected a bullet.

The rest of the War

He commanded the regiment 16 to 26 October and was commissioned Colonel on 21 March 1863. He was discharged 4 December 1864.

References & notes

Service from the Record of Service.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. The pocket watch incident recounted by Dempsey and Egen.2


1820 in MA


02/28/1903; Monroe, MI; burial in Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 17, pg. 64  [AotW citation 20219]

2   Dempsey, Jack, and Brian James Egen, Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State's Sacrifice on America's Bloodiest Day, Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2015, pg. 140  [AotW citation 20220]