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Federal (USV)


Robert McArthur

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Illinois

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Illinois Cavalry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old farm worker on his father's place in Guilford Township, Winnebago County, IL, he enlisted on 23 September 1861 as Private, Company M, 8th Illinois Cavalry. He was appointed First Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Boonsboro, MD on 15 September 1862.

After the War

He was originally buried in Boonsboro but was reinterred in the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His burial from the cemetery History,2 as "M.R." His memorial is on Findagrave.


09/06/1839; Crawford County, PA


09/15/1862; Boonsboro, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of Illinois, Adjutant General, and J.N Reece, Brig. Gen, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1861-66), 9 volumes, Springfield: Journal Company, Printers and Binders (State Printer), 1900-1902, Vol. 8, pg. 148  [AotW citation 25267]

2   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869, pg. 63  [AotW citation 25268]