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Federal (USV)


Robert Ford

(c. 1829 - 1862)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 31 year old laborer in Coldwater, Branch County, MI. He enlisted 25 June 1862 in Coldwater and mustered as a Corporal in Company C, 17th Michigan Infantry on 18 August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September, and again, mortally, at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died of his wounds at a field hospital near Sharpsburg, MD on 19 September 1862. His widow [Melinda?] received a pension beginning in November 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Record of Service.1 Personal details from the US Census of 1860. Thanks to J.O. Smith for the pointer to Corporal Ford.


c. 1829 in IRELAND


09/19/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 17, pg. 37  [AotW citation 29854]