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Federal (USV)


Perry Greenlief

(1840 - 1895)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 21 year old bonnet (ladies' hat) presser in Medfield, MA. On 18 May 1861 he enlisted there as a Private in Company F, 4th Massachusetts Infantry for 3 months' service. He mustered out with them in Boston Harbor on 22 July and enlisted again, as a Private in Company E, 7th Maine Infantry on 7 August 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant by September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and was appointed Sergeant Major of the regiment from that date, after Sergeant Major Parsons was killed.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 12 December 1863, and was captured in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. He transferred to the First Maine Veteran Infantry on 21 August 1864, was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in September, and mustered out with his Company on 28 June 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was working in a saw mill at Golden City in Jefferson County, WI but in 1880 was making boots in a factory in Holbrook, MA. By 1892 he was in Santa Clara County, CA.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and the Card File.2 His presence at Antietam from Major Hyde in his memoir.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 - 1880; his parents were Margaret Curtis (-1847) and Oliver Hazard Perry Greenlief (-1839). His gravesite is on Findagrave. He's often seen as Perry Greenleaf.


1840; Mercer, ME


05/07/1895; Yountville, CA; burial in Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery, Yountville, CA


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, Appendix D, pg. 250  [AotW citation 29225]

2   State of Maine, Maine State Archives, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Card Index, 1861-1865, Augusta (ME): Department of the Secretary of State, c. 2000  [AotW citation 29226]

3   Hyde, Thomas Worcester, Following the Greek Cross or Memories of the Sixth Army Corps, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894, pg.. 100  [AotW citation 29227]