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Federal (USV)


Franz Knopf


(1833 - 1897)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted on 8 January 1862 in Buffalo, NY to serve two years, and mustered in the same day as a Private in Company I, 21st New York Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 14 April 1862 but reduced again to Private on 29 July.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital in the New Church in Frederick, MD on 1 October 1862 and transferred out to Baltimore on 31 October 1862. He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 but reenlisted on 15 June 1863 as a Private in the 33rd Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery. He mustered out with them on 25 June 1865 in Petersburg, VA.

After the War

From 1865 to at least 1875 he was a bricklayer and mason in Buffalo, NY. He was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, OH on 31 December 1877, noting his Antietam wound as disabling. He was listed as a paraplegic there by 1891 and died at the home after almost 20 years residence, about age 64, of a pulmonary hemorrhage.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 also as Frank Knoph, and his New York Muster Roll Extract, online from fold3, with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles;2 all as Frank Knopf. Hospital details from the Patient List,3 as Frank Kneph. Personal details from family genealogists, the New York State Census of 1865 and 1875, and the register of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, online from the FamilySearch database [free membership required]. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Eva Bauer (1834-1910) in June 1854 in Buffalo and they had 3 children by 1861; two born in Buffalo, their second, daughter Josephine, was born in Canada in 1858.


07/24/1833; Hilsbach, Sinsheim, Heidelberg, Baden, GERMANY


06/13/1897; Dayton, OH; burial in Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH


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, p. 242; 1898, S. 15, p. 1375  [AotW citation 28243]

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 28244]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #213  [AotW citation 28245]