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Federal (USV)


Thomas Stephens

(1837 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old painter in Northampton, MA, he enlisted in Worcester as a Private in Company B, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 5 August 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 9 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 while serving a Color Corporal.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862 and promoted to Color Sergeant the next day. He reenlisted on 1 January 1864, was captured at Petersburg, VA on 17 June 1864, exchanged on 26 December in Charleston, SC, and discharged on 14 January 1865.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1, his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, and Walcott.3 He's also seen as Thomas Stevens.


1837; Northampton, 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. 606  [AotW citation 26539]

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 26540]

3   Walcott, Charles Folsom, History of the Twenty-first Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in the War for the Preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882, pg. 207  [AotW citation 26541]