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Federal (USV)


Edward G. Cooper

(c. 1835 - 1901)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, he enlisted on 23 September 1861 in New York City and he mustered as a Private in Company C, 51st New York Infantry on 27 September.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to both thighs in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, MD, then admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 3 October. He was furloughed later in October and discharged for disability on 13 February 1863 at the Convalescent Camp, Alexandria, VA.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who does not mention his wound. His wounding also on a casualty list in the New York Herald of 23 September 1862. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 and Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1835


10/24/1901; burial in New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz, 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. 25, p. 44  [AotW citation 30329]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #94  [AotW citation 30330]

3   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. 172  [AotW citation 30331]