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Federal (USV)


William Harvey Sprague

(1844 - 1924)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 17 year old worker on his parent's farm in Hempstead, Queens County, NY. He enlisted in Buffalo on 17 May 1861 to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company F, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863. He enlisted again, on 4 March 1864 as a Private in the 33rd Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1865 and mustered out on 25 June 1865 in Petersburg.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1920 he was a farmer back in Hempstead, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 with wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the New York State Census of 1915, and the US Census of 1860-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Ann Remsen (1846-1927) in June 1868 and they had 5 children.


02/11/1844 in NY


02/05/1924; burial in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, 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. 289; 1898, S 15, p. 1387  [AotW citation 28206]

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 28207]