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Federal (USA)


Charles Rand Kay

(1838 - 1900)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Sharpshooter

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

From Lisbon, NH, age 23, he enlisted as a Private in Company G, 2nd United States Sharpshooters on 12 December 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot at Turner's Gap on South Mountain near Boonsboro, MD on 14 (15?) September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD from 17 September to 27 September 1862, then sent on to Washington, DC. He was discharged for disability on 28 November 1862.

After the War

He lived in Bethlehem, NH and was a sawyer in a sawmill by 1880, and to at least 1889.

References & notes

His service from the Revised Register.1 His wound and hospital information from the Patient List,2 as C.N. Kay, 2nd US Infantry. Personal details from family genealogists and the 1880 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Irene S. Nye (1844-1880) in November 1864 and they had 7 children. He married again, Martha McHarg (1843-) in February 1883 and they had three daughters together.


06/07/1838; Lisbon, NH


08/1900; burial in Maple Street Cemetery, Bethlehem, 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, Vol. 2, pg. 979  [AotW citation 26436]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #3.895  [AotW citation 26437]