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Federal (USV)


William P. Mesler

(c. 1842 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 57th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19, he enlisted in New York City on 31 August and was mustered as Corporal, Company A, 57th New York Infantry on 2 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was a member of the Color Company and carried a flag during the assault on the Sunken Road at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 January 1863 and was discharged 21 March 1863 to take a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Fifth US Colored Troops (?).

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York.1 His role at Antietam from Capt. Gilbert Frederick's The Story of a Regiment (1895).


c. 1842


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 88  [AotW citation 21135]