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Federal (USV)


William E. Duffield

(c. 1839 - 1862)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, from Monroe County, MI, he enlisted on 20 June 1861 in Adrian as Private, Company A, 4th Michigan Infantry. He was discharged for disability on 8 January 1862 at Miner's Hill, VA outside Washington, DC. On 27 May 1862 he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant in the new 17th Michigan Infantry, his commission dated 17 June.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the left thigh and knee in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD and then admitted to US Army General Hospital #3 (in Bonsall's Academy) in Frederick, MD on 1 October 1862. His leg was amputated but he died of wounds there on 16 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Record of Service.1 He's also seen as William M. Duffield. Medical and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to J.O. Smith for the pointer to Duffield.


c. 1839


10/16/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 4, pg. 38; Vol. 17, pg. 30  [AotW citation 26416]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 195  [AotW citation 26417]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #239  [AotW citation 26418]