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Federal (USV)


Louis Fitzsimmons

(1841 - 1923)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

Age 20, he enlisted in the 2nd Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters as Corporal on 20 December 1861. He was promoted to First Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was commissioned First Lieutenant, date not given, but probably after the resignation of Lt. Jones on 26 May 1863. He was captured at Ream's Station, VA on 25 August 1864 and held at Libby, Salisbury, and Danville prisons in Virginia and North Carolina. He was released about February 1865 and mustered out of service on 3 March 1865.

After the War

He lived in Santa Cruz, CA from 1889, where he was a carpenter and cabinetmaker.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 Personal details from his obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel of 9 June 1823 and other references posted online by the Santa Cruz Public Library. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/20/1841 in NY


06/08/1923; Santa Cruz, CA; burial in Oakwood Memorial Park, Santa Cruz, CA


1   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 517  [AotW citation 21281]