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Federal (USV)


William H. Earle

(c. 1841 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old clerk in Malden, MA, he enlisted in Annapolis, MD as a Private in Company C, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 14 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a piece of shell in his left ankle in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated first in a barn near the Lower ("Burnside's) Bridge, then at the Big Spring hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD. He was furloughed home for 30 days on 28 September, which was extended in October, and he did not return to duty. He was discharged for disability due to wounds on 2 December 1862 in Boston.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records via fold3, also as William H. Earl. His September furlough written by Assistant Surgeon Charles L. Duffell, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry (Jefferson '62).


c. 1841; Boston, 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. 609  [AotW citation 26474]