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Federal (USV)


Francis Asbury Valentine

(1841 - 1899)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he enlisted in Buffalo, NY on 11 September 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in the same day as a Private in Company C, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 in Buffalo. He enlisted again, as a Private in the 33rd Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery on 7 September 1864, and was promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1865. He mustered out with them on 25 June 1865 in Petersburg, VA.

After the War

By 1867 he was a plumber in Buffalo, and in 1880 was an elevator machineryman there.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the Buffalo City Directory (1867), and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1841; Batavia, NY


05/08/1899; Buffalo, NY; 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. 298; For 1898, Ser 15, p 1389  [AotW citation 28168]

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. 294  [AotW citation 28169]