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Federal (USV)


William Henry Nye

(1833 - 1894)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 27 year old apothecary from Fall River, he was commissioned and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, 7th Massachusetts Infantry on 15 June 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant of Company C on 26 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He resigned for reasons of health and was discharged as First Lieutenant on 6 December 1862.

After the War

He moved to Boise, ID in 1865 and was in the drug business there. By 1893 he was president of the Nye-Galbraith Drug Company.

References & notes

Basic information from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines1 with details from Powell,2 who puts him at Antietam and also has an excellent post-war picture of him. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Pam McKnight for the pointer to Lt. Nye.


09/08/1833; Boston, MA


03/30/1894; Boise, ID; burial in Pioneer Cemetery, Boise, ID


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1865, 2 Volumes, Boston: Wright & Potter, Printers to the State, 1868-1870, Vol. 1, pg. 475  [AotW citation 21321]

2   Powell, William Henry, editor, Officers of the Army and Navy (volunteer) who Served in the Civil War, Philadelphia: L. R. Hamersly & Company, 1893, pg. 229  [AotW citation 21322]