site logo
[no picture yet]

[no picture yet]

Federal (USV)


Patrick Hickey

(c. 1833 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 27 year old carpenter and joiner in Buffalo, NY. He enlisted in Buffalo on 1 May 1861 to serve two years and mustered in as a Private in Company I, 21st New York Infantry on 20 May. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 1 November 1861 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 30 May 1862 to date from 5 May.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in the right arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and briefly captured:

Lieutenant Hickey, prevented by a ball through the right arm from getting over the fence in time, dropped to the ground and was taken prisoner; but the enemy had no time to attend to the particulars of a parole, for they were again driven back, and Hickey, liberated, made his way to the rear minus side arms, which a rebel officer had taken a fancy to and appropriated to his own use.

The rest of the War

He resigned on 8 February 1863. He enlisted again, on 31 May 1863, as a Private in Company B, 16th New York Cavalry. He was twice absent without leave, from October though December 1863 and in February and March 1864, but was appointed First Sergeant on 19 June 1863 and mustered out with the detachment of the regiment on 17 August 1865 in Washington, DC.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with wound detail from the Chronicles,2 source also of the quote above. Personal details from an abstract of the Muster Roll, 16th NY Cavalry and the US Census of 1860.


c. 1833; Susquehanna County, PA


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. 230; For 1894, Vol IV, pg. 869  [AotW citation 28133]

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, pp. 291, 293  [AotW citation 28134]