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Federal (USV)


William Cornelius Beard

(1840 - 1863)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

Age 20, known as Cornelius, from New Boston, NH, he enlisted there as a Private in Company F, 2nd US Sharpshooters on 25 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a US Army hospital in Fredrick, MD from 18 to 22 September then sent on to Washington, DC. He was killed at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863.

References & notes

Service information from Ayling.1 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Some records have his death on 4 July 1863.

More on the Web

He's in an 1862 group photograph with 7 other soldiers in his Company, now in the collection of the US Army Heritage and Education Center. Posted to the blog.


09/26/1840; New Boston, NH


07/03/1863; Gettysburg, PA; burial in New Boston Cemetery, New Boston, NH


1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, pg. 976  [AotW citation 26377]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.020  [AotW citation 26378]