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W.H. Secor

W.H. Secor

Federal (USV)


William Heath Secor

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

From Halfmoon, Saratoga County, NY, he was an apprentice carriage painter at the US Census of 1860 and he enlisted as Corporal, Company A, 2nd Vermont Infantry on 7 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded while bearing the regimental colors at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and taken to the field hospital on the O.J. Smith farm north of the battlefield. He died there the next day at age 21 years and 6 months.

The rest of the War

He was initially buried near the Smith barn but his remains were taken home to the the Newtown Baptist Cemetery in Halfmoon; later reinterred in the Clifton Park Village Cemetery.

References & notes

His service from Peck,1 who says he was killed on 16 September, and Ledoux,2 source also of his picture, from a tintype at the Vermont Historical Society. Personal and burial details from Nancy Morris of the Halfmoon Historical Society in the Albany Times-Union of 12 June 2013. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See more about Corporal Secor and a relic of him in a blog post by John Banks, source also of additional details from research by Richard Clem.


03/1841; Halfmoon, NY


09/18/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Clifton Park Village Cemetery, Clifton Park, NY


1   Peck, Theodore S., Adjutant General, and The Vermont Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers and Lists of Vermonters who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66, Montpelier: Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892, pg. 33  [AotW citation 26843]

2   Ledoux, Tom, Vermont in the Civil War, Published 1996, first accessed 01 January 2004, <>, Source page: /get.php?input=5257  [AotW citation 26844]