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Federal (USV)


Friend H. Keith

(1827 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 33 year old painter living with his father, a printer, in Thomaston, Knox County, Maine. He gave his residence as Lynn, Massachusetts when he enlisted as a Private in Company D, 8th Massachusetts Infantry on 30 April 1861 for 3 months. He mustered out with them in Boston on 1 August and almost immediately reenlisted. He mustered as Corporal, Company H, 20th Massachusetts Infantry on 24 August 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant in July or August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

References & notes

Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His father died 10 days after he did, in Lynn.


11/06/1827 in ME


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 1, pg. 526; Vol. 2, pg. 562  [AotW citation 20695]