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Federal (USV)


Jabez Sperry

(1833 - 1895)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 26 year old farmer living with his parents in Maryland, Otsego County, NY. He enlisted on 1 October 1861 in Westford, NY and mustered as a Private in Company I, 51st New York Infantry on 9 October.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

His arm was amputated and he was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, MD. He was then admitted to US Army General Hospital #3 in Frederick, MD on 1 October and was discharged for disability there on 25 October 1862.

After the War

In 1865 he was back in Maryland, NY and in 1870 was a produce buyer there. By 1875 and to at least 1880 he was again a farmer.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who does not mention his wounding. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 2 and Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, and the NY State Census of 1865 & 1875. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Fannie E. (?, 1841-) and they had 4 children between 1865 and 1882.


08/02/1833; Otsego County, NY


08/29/1895; Maryland, NY; burial in Elk Creek Cemetery, Maryland, 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. 209  [AotW citation 30383]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #316  [AotW citation 30384]

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. 397  [AotW citation 30385]