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Federal (USV)


James McGarigan

(c. 1818 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 43, he enlisted in New York to serve three years and mustered as Private, Company A, 63rd New York Infantry on 7 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1 and the State of New York.2

More on the Web

In 1988 relic hunters found human remains on the battlefield. They were later identified through the research of a group of Park Service anthropologists and archaeologists as being those of 4 soldiers of the 63rd New York Infantry. They were buried with honors in Antietam National Cemetery. One of them may have been James McGarigan. See more in a 1994 article in the Los Angeles Times.


c. 1818


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001  [AotW citation 2211]

2   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 1901, Ser. No. 27, pg. 121  [AotW citation 18200]