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Federal (USA)


James Kelly

(c. 1836 - 1862)

Home State: Missouri

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd and 10th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old laborer, he enlisted at St. Louis, MO in Company B, 2nd United States Infantry on 14 May 1858. He was a Corporal by September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left leg which grazed his tibia, probably in action near the Middle Bridge at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 27 September, and his leg was amputated at the thigh on 16 October, but he died there of wounds on 21 October 1862.

After the War

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

References & notes

His service from the Registers.1 His wound and hospital information from the Patient List2 and the MSHWR.3 Burial information from the History.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

At least one burial record has him in the 9th US Cavalry - a unit formed in 1866.

More on the Web

See a little more about his record in the MSHWR in a post on the blog.


c. 1836; County Roscommon, IRELAND


10/21/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 053, pg. 113  [AotW citation 26438]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #530  [AotW citation 26439]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 299  [AotW citation 26441]

4   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869, pg. 166  [AotW citation 26442]