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Federal (USV)


Rufus W. Swain

(1845 - 1888)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

Not yet 17 years old, giving his age as 20, from Laconia, NH, he enlisted on 18 July 1862 and mustered as Private, Company B, 9th New Hampshire Infantry the same day.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left leg in action near the lower (Burnside) bridge at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD from 30 September to 8 October 1862, then transferred to Baltimore, MD. He was discharged 10 June 1865.

After the War

By 1883, still in Laconia, he was receiving a pension of $6 a month for his Antietam wound. His occupation was listed as laborer at the time of his death from consumption (tuberculosis) in 1888.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire.1 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Details from the List of Pensioners.3 His birth calculated from his age of 42 years, 5 months, and 18 days at death, from New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 via FamilySearch. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/01/1845; Laconia, NH


03/19/1888; Laconia, NH; burial in Union Cemetery, Laconia, NH


1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 1, pg. 503  [AotW citation 20307]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #662  [AotW citation 20308]

3   US Department of the Interior, Pension Office, List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, 5 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1883  [AotW citation 20309]