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Federal (USV)


William Pratt

(1842 - 1912)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old farmer in Ashburnham, he enlisted at Worcester, MA as a Private in Company G, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the foot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was initially treated at the Locust Spring hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, then was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 3 October. 4 of the toes of his right foot were amputated. He was discharged from the service for disability from wounds on 17 November 1862 in Frederick.

After the War

By 1880 he worked in a chair shop in Gardner and in 1900 he was a post office clerk there.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List3 and Nelson.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1880 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Julia Emeline Newell (1845-1907) in January 1864.


04/09/1842; Gardner, MA


04/11/1912; Gardner, MA; burial in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, 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. 630  [AotW citation 26520]

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 26521]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #735  [AotW citation 26522]

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. 354  [AotW citation 26523]