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D.C. Knapp

D.C. Knapp

Federal (USV)


Drake Conklin Knapp

(1824 - 1890)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 35 year old farmer at Phillipstown in Putnam County, NY. He enlisted on 1 September 1862 in New York City and mustered as a Private in Company H, 51st New York Infantry the next day.

On the Campaign

Just over two weeks later, on 17 September, he was wounded by a gunshot to his left leg in action at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital at Camp A in Frederick, MD on 2 October and was sent back to his unit on 5 January 1863. He was in hospitals, sick, from August 1863 to December 1863, and transferred to Company G, 7th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps in about October 1864.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farm laborer at Carmel, NY.

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 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture is from a photograph shared online from the NY State Military Museum; thanks to Edna Crawford King for the pointer to that.

He married Ester/Esther/Hester Bailey (1823-1898) in 1848 and they had 6 children.


11/13/1824; Putnam Valley, NY


03/04/1890; Carmel, NY; burial in Union Valley Cemetery, Carmel, 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. 121  [AotW citation 30367]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #101  [AotW citation 30368]