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Federal (USV)


Joshua Varnum Ramsdell

(1836 - 1908)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 26 year old carpenter in Newton, he mustered as Private, Company K, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry on 25 July 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His arm was amputated and he was discharged for wounds on 25 November 1862.

After the War

He was a member of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #62 in Newtonville, MA.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.1 Details from family genealogistrs and the Historical Data Systems database, citing GAR records and the Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1836; LIttleton, MA


12/12/1908; burial in Newton Cemetery, Newton, 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. 525  [AotW citation 20755]