site logo
[no picture yet]

[no picture yet]

Federal (USV)


James McCabe

(c. 1840 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he enlisted on 26 April 1861 in New York City and mustered as Private, Company K, 4th New York Infantry on 2 May.

On the Campaign

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

... by a ball which grazed the right parietal bone, breaking and slightly depressing the fragments. No surgical operation was then made. On the fourth day he had convulsions; his surgeon removed the broken pieces, the convulsions ceased, and when seen at Frederick City, Md. four weeks later, they had not returned, but a paralysis of his left side remained.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 3 October and transferred out on 20 December 1862. He was discharged for disability on 22 January 1863 at Convalescent Camp, VA.

References & notes

Service information from the Adjutant General.1 Hospital details from the Patient List.2 The quote above from Frank Hastings Hamilton's Treatise on Military Surgery and Hygiene (1865, online), as James McKabe.


c. 1840


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 1898, Ser. No. 17, pg. 714  [AotW citation 22157]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.972  [AotW citation 22158]