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Federal (USV)


William M. Stewart

(1822 - 1899)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 36 year old carpenter in Fitchburg, MA, he enlisted in Worcester as a Corporal in Company D, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861, but by March 1862 he was a Private.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated in a hospital in Baltimore, MD and not returned to duty until April or May 1863. In the later part of 1863 he was sick in hospitals in City Point, VA and Worcester, MA. He reenlisted on 1 January 1864, transferred to Company I of the 36th Massachusetts on 21 October, and to Company D of the 56th Massachusetts on 8 June 1865. He mustered out of service on 12 July 1865 in Alexandria, VA.

After the War

By 12 August 1865 he was again a carpenter back in Fitchburg, MA, and in 1880 he was working in a car shop there.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1, his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, and Walcott.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census for 1880, and the Massachusetts state census for 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Belinda (?) and they had 2 daughters - Eliza (1847-1864) and Mary J. (1849-1857). He married again, Lucia Ann Leonard (1838-1910) in May 1877.


03/10/1822; Kingston, Frontenac (now Ontario), CANADA


12/04/1899; Avon, MA; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, 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. 616  [AotW citation 26545]

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 26546]

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 26547]