(1846 - 1864)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
A 16 year old farmer in Wilmington, VT, he gave his age as 18 and, with his father's consent, enlisted in Worcester as a Private in Company K, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 9 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot through his right hip 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 then at US Army hospitals in Frederick, MD from 3 October 1862 to 11 June 1863 when he was discharged due to wounds.
He reenlisted, in Petersham, as a Private in Company C, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry on 6 January 1864 and was promoted to Sergeant on 1 February. He was sick in a hospital in Hilton Head, SC after 1 July 1864, and died of disease at Jacksonville, FL on 17 November 1864.
References & notes
His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. One record has his death on 28 September 1864. Antietam wound and hospital details from the Patient List,3 as George H. Holeman, and Nelson.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
His father Solomon Oliver Holman (1817-1872), then 44 years old, also enlisted in Company K of the 21st Infantry in August 1862, but was discharged for disability on March 1863.
05/08/1846; Petersham, MA
11/17/1864; Jacksonville, FL; burial in East Street Cemetery, Petersham, 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. 644; Vol. 6, pg. 437 [AotW citation 26494]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 26495]
3 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #715 [AotW citation 26496]
4 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. 251 [AotW citation 26497]