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Federal (USV)


William Burns

(c. 1821 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 40 year old hostler, he enlisted in New York City and mustered as a Private in Company G, 51st New York Infantry on 16 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 2 October, listed as a "felon" (?). He was transferred to Baltimore about June 1863 and was discharged for disability on 28 September 1863 from the US General Hospital in York, PA.

References & notes

His service and other details from the Adjutant General1 and his Muster Roll Abstract, online from fold3, neither of which mention his wounding. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2


c. 1821 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. 28  [AotW citation 30365]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #161  [AotW citation 30366]