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Federal (USV)


Thomas Purcell

(1837 - 1900)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 24, he enlisted 6 May 1861 in Medina for two years and mustered as Private, Company D, 28th New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a field hospital near Sharpsburg and was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 29 October 1862 to recover from his wound. He returned to duty, date not given, and mustered out with his Company on 2 June 1863.

After the War

He was a "government agent" and conductor on the B&O Railroad in Ohio. He was an early settler in DeKalb County, IL where he raised livestock and farmed. In 1882 he went to Faulk County, SD and was again a farmer and stockman.

References & notes

His service and other details from the History 1 and the Adjutant General.2 Hospital detail from the Patient List. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emma Jane Kline (1849-1879) of Fredrick, MD about 1865 and they had 7 children. If he met Emma Jane while a patient in Frederick, she was about 13 years old at the time.


08/15/1837; Somerset, PA


09/25/1900; Faulk County, SD; burial in Afton Center Cemetery, De Kalb, IL


1   Boyce, Charles William, A Brief History of the Twenty-eighth Regiment New York State Volunteers, First Brigade, First Division, Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac, Buffalo: C.W. Boyce, 1896, pp. 125, 191  [AotW citation 22447]

2   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 1899, Ser. No. 21, pg. 377  [AotW citation 22448]