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Federal (USV)


John Higgins

(c. 1833 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 28 year old laborer, he enlisted on 14 August 1861 in New York City and mustered as a Private in Company C, 51st New York Infantry on 10 September.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital (GH) at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 4 October, transferred to GH #1 there on 5 March 1863, and sent on to Baltimore on 15 June 1863. He was in hospitals in Washington DC as late as December 1863.

He reenlisted on 20 January 1864. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 September and to Sergeant on 1 May 1865, and mustered out with his Company on 25 July 1865 in Alexandria, VA.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who does not mention his wounding, also as Higgans, and his Muster Roll Abstract, online from fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 His wounding also on a casualty list in the New York Herald of 23 September 1862.


c. 1833 in IRELAND


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. 100  [AotW citation 30343]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #90  [AotW citation 30344]