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Federal (USV)


Robert P. Gardner

(c. 1832 - 1890)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a Lieutenant on William Walker's "filibuster" to Nicaragua in 1855-56 and was a member of the Buffalo volunteer fire department before the war. In 1860 he was 28 years old and lived in Buffalo with his father and 5 siblings. He enrolled there on 1 May 1861 to serve two years and mustered in as Captain of Company A, 21st New York Infantry on 20 May.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in his left forearm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He transferred to Company I on 15 December 1862 but was discharged for wounds the same date. He was re-commissioned and mustered again on 31 December 1862 and mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 in Buffalo. He was again commissioned Captain, in the 1st Veteran Reserve Corps on 23 February 1864.

After the War

In 1876 he was a gauger for the Internal Revenue in Buffalo.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from a Buffalo City Directory (1876) and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His papers are in the Buffalo History Museum [finding aid].


c. 1832


05/13/1890; burial in Forest Lawn, Buffalo, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 218  [AotW citation 28129]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 293  [AotW citation 28130]