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Federal (USV)


Patrick W. Lydon

(1831 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 29 at enrollment, he mustered in as Second Lieutenant, Company F, 63rd New York Infantry on 19 September 1861. Discharged on 10 March 1862, but mustered in again as Second Lieutenant of the same Company on 25 March.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 leading his Company in a charge at the Bloody Lane at Antietam.

After the War

He left a daughter, Siobhan and widow Margaret Ann Gaffney Lydon (1837-88), who was later granted a Federal Pension. Although his actual burial place is unknown, Patrick is listed on the Gaffney stone in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY. He was brother-in-law to Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Daniel Kelly.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1. Further details and the photo of the Gaffney stone are thanks to GGGNephew L. A. Burke.


11/13/1831 in IRELAND


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001  [AotW citation 2359]