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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 mortally wounded by a gunshot to his head at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and died the next day.

References & notes

Service information from Ayling.1 Antietam wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 A piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 23 September 1862 listed him as missing at Antietam. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

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


07/04/1863; 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]