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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

William H. Leonard

(1835 - 1901)

Home State: New York

Education: Castleton (VT) Medical College, Class of 1854

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 25 year old physician in East Worcester, Otsego County, NY. He enrolled there on 28 September 1861 and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant of Company I, 51st New York Infantry on 9 October. He was detailed as acting Assistant Surgeon almost immediately, and formally commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the regiment on 28 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his regiment in Maryland and treated wounded soldiers during and after the Battle of Antietam at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting farm near Keedysville, MD.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Surgeon on 7 November (to date from 9 October) 1862. He was discharged on 15 August 1863.

After the War

He returned to Worcester in 1863 and practiced medicine there to at least 1880.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, the New York State Census of 1865, and the catalog of graduates in F.C. Waite's First Medical College in Vermont: Castleton, 1818-1862 (1949). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of details from his obituary in the Worcester Times of 7 March 1901.

He married Mary Ann Smith (1838-1872) in 1858 and they had 2 children. He married again, Eva M Birdsall (1856-1875) and they had a son Frederick. He married, thirdly, Adelia McClumpha (1837-1903) in November 1875.


06/27/1835; Roxbury, NY


03/06/1901; Worcester, NY; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester, 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. 128  [AotW citation 30583]