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Federal (USV)


Ira Jay Sheldon

(1842 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 17 year old worker on his parents farm in Westfield, Chautauqua County, NY. He enlisted on 9 May 1861 in Buffalo and mustered as Private, Company D, 21st New York Infantry on 20 May.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the hand and abdomen in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, and probably died the same day.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who says he was killed outright on 17 September, and the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1842 in NY


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman, 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 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 284  [AotW citation 22647]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 294  [AotW citation 22648]