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Federal (USV)


Albert Proseus

(1826 - 1905)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 36 year old mason in Rhinebeck, NY. He enlisted there on 10 August 1861 and mustered as First Sergeant of Company I, 51st New York Infantry on 10 September.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #6 in Frederick, MD on 2 October and discharged there for disability on 8 December 1862. However, he re-enrolled and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant of Company C on 10 January 1863 (to date from 30 September 1862). He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 24 November 1863.

After the War

By 1865 he was again a mason, at Union Vale in Dutchess County, NY. In 1880 he was laying bricks in Jersey City, NJ, and in 1890 he was in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, MN. By 1900 he was back in Rhinebeck, NY, probably retired, his wife a baker.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who does not mention his wounding. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900, and the NY State Census of 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Loretta Ham (1828-1909) in November 1847 and they had 2 daughters.


09/1826; Dutchess County, NY


07/18/1905; Rhinebeck, NY; burial in Rhinebeck Cemetery, Rhinebeck, 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. 181  [AotW citation 30381]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #143  [AotW citation 30382]