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Federal (USV)


William M. Dresser

(c. 1838 - 1929)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 35th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old shoe packer in Haverhill, MA, he enlisted 5 August and mustered as Private, Company G, 35th Massachusetts Infantry on 17 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring hospital near Keedysville, where his leg was amputated. He was admitted to a US Army General Hospital in Frederick, MD on 29 December 1862 and discharged from the service for wounds on 19 January 1863. He was transferred to a hospital in Baltimore on 6 March 1863.

After the War

He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic post in Haverhill, MA.

References & notes

Service information from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.1 Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List.3


c. 1838; Georgetown, MA




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. 685  [AotW citation 20469]

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. 194  [AotW citation 20470]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.176  [AotW citation 20471]