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Federal (USV)


Samuel Nathan

(1827 - 1902)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America in 1845 at 17 or 18 years old. At about age 34 he enlisted as a Private in Company D, 42nd New York Infantry and transferred to Company G on 23 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot through his arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Lyceum Hall hospital in Hagerstown, MD, and discharged for disability on 14 February 1863 at the Convalescent Camp, Alexandria, VA.

He enlisted again, on 21 July 1863 in the 18th New York Cavalry, but there is no record of any service with that unit.

After the War

In 1870 he was a carpenter living on 19th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue in Manhattan. By 1880 he was a shoemaker in Cornwall, NY, was still in Orange County in 1890, and was a day laborer there in 1900, then 73 years old.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York,1 who do not mention his wounding; also as Samuel Nethen. Hospital detail from Nelson.2 His wound also on a casualty list in the New York Daily Herald of 25 September 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870-1900, and the US Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War (1890). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth (?; -after 1880) in about 1875 and they had at least one child (and one grandchild). He married again, the widow Matilda Wright Mulvey (1847-) in Manhattan in September 1891; she'd had 11 children, 7 still living in 1900.


10/1827 in IRELAND


02/12/1902; burial in Edwards Cemetery, Orange County, NY


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 1900, Ser. No. 23, p. 1041  [AotW citation 30199]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 334  [AotW citation 30200]