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N.B. Bartram

N.B. Bartram

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Nelson B Bartram

(1832 - 1886)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

At the outbreak of War in 1861 he was a teacher and vice-principal in New York City. He mustered into service with the Seventeenth Infantry as Captain, Company B, on 22 May 1861. He was promoted to Major of the regiment in December of that year, and Lieutenant Colonel in May 1862.

The rest of the War

He mustered out of service with the regiment in June 1863. He was then appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the new 15th NY Cavalry. He resigned that post in September 1863 to take the commission as Colonel of the 20th United States Colored Troops (USCT) - organized on Riker's Island in February 1864. He mustered out with 20th USCT in October 1865.

After the War

He went to work as a clerk in the New York Custom House in 1870, and was the Deputy Collector there at his death.

References & notes

Service information from Phisterer1, with further biographical details from his New York Times obituary of 27 December 1886 (pg.5). The photo here is from a CDV offered for sale (11/2009) by Steve Meadow on


01/07/1832; Westport, NY


12/25/1886; New York City, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1003; Vol. 3, pg. 1927; Vol. 5, pg. 4135  [AotW citation 973]