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Federal (USV)


Hugh Gallagher

(1842 - 1878)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old farmer in West Boylston, MA, he enlisted in Worcester as a Private in Company E, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1863, his right middle finger was amputated, and he was sent to a hospital in Baltimore, MD. He was discharged there for disability on 11 March 1863, then 19 years old.

After the War

He was a saloon keeper in West Boyleston in 1872 when his daughter Alice was born, and he died relatively young at about age 35 in 1878.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records via fold3, as Hugh Gallegher. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Winnifred Drury (1846-) in November 1871 and they had 3 children. The birth record for his first, Alice Alice Philomene Gallager (later Thibault, 1872-1947), says he and Winnifred were born in Ireland; his disability certificate has his birth in Holden, MA.

More on the Web

See his Certificate of Disability for Discharge over on the blog.


1842 in IRELAND


06/21/1878; Holden, MA; burial in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 618  [AotW citation 26468]