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Federal (USV)


Eugene Augustus Puffer

(1840 - 1912)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 21 year old carpenter/chair maker 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 leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring (Big Spring) hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, MD and was furloughed home from there on 29 September 1862. He was discharged from the service for disability from wounds on 27 March 1863 at Boston.

After the War

In 1870 he was working as a carpenter in Ashburnham, in 1880 in a chair shop there, and he was still in Ashburnham at his death in 1890.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census for 1870 and 1880, and the US Veteran's Census of 1890. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Augusta Dalrymple (1844-1922) in May 1868 and they had 3 daughters.


01/26/1840; Ashburnham, MA


01/03/1890; Ashburnham, MA; burial in New Cemetery, Ashburnham, 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 26524]

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 26525]

3   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. 355  [AotW citation 26526]