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M.H. Swarthout

M.H. Swarthout

Federal (USV)


Martin Henry Swarthout

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 80th New York Infantry (20th Militia)

Before Antietam

Age 19, from Poughkeepsie, he enrolled on 14 September 1861 in Kingston and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, 20th New York State Militia (80th Infantry) on 9 October.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action, shot in the head, at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His remains were returned home and buried in February 1863.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 Birth information from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave; a new stone replaced his broken one in 1979 and was rededicated in a Memorial Day ceremony that year. His picture from a CDV offered on ebay (2020); thanks to John Banks for finding that.


12/15/1841; Poughkeepsie, NY


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY


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 1901, Ser. No. 29, pg. 1314  [AotW citation 22605]