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Federal (USV)


Bernard McGowan

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was in Company A.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1. Age 28 at enlistment in August 1861. Discharged for wounds on December 22, 1862, at Frederick, Md. His name is also borne as McGovern, and it appears that way in the casualty list. MSHWR "Private Bernard McGofern, Company A, 63d New York Volunteers, aged 41 years, by occupation a hempdresser, was wounded at Antietam, September 17, 1862, and admitted to Hospital No. 5, Frederick, Maryland, on September 24th. This is another case of penetrating wound of the lung. Missile unknown, but supposed to be a round ball, entered the left side of the chest, passing through second and third ribs, making no exit. He spat blood for several days after injury; cough very trouble- some and expectoration very profuse and thick. Treated after Bennett's plan, nourishing and stimulating diet, with marked benefit, the symptoms diminishing in intensity each day until his discharge from the hospital, December 20, 1862. At the date of his discharge, he had little or no cough; muscular development fair; very slight shortness of breath, and the chest but slightly depressed. His spirits were excellent, and, as he expressed it, he felt quite well. The lung presented the following characteristics when he left; vesicular murmer faint, but heard; bronchial respiration; lung not so resonant as in health. He is not a pensioner. Acting Assistant Surgeon A. V. Cherbonnier reports the case."


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 2233]