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L.E. Bicknell

L.E. Bicknell

Federal (USV)


Luke Emerson Bicknell

(1839 - 1888)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company

Before Antietam

He was a 21 year old student in Boston when he mustered as Private on 3 September 1861. He had previously served in Company A of the 3-month 8th Massachusetts Infantry, listed as Emerson Bicknell. He was promoted to Sergeant (date?).

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 19 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on disability 18 July 1863.

After the War

He was in Saint Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan in 1870, but back in Massachusetts at Cummington by 1880. In 1886 he wrote a narrative called The Sharpshooters from a diary he kept during his wartime service.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with genealogical details and the photo used here from Susan Harnwell and contributors at her superb 15th Massachusetts Infantry site. The original and a typescript of his 1886 manuscript are held by the Massachusetts Historical Society [finding aid], Boston.


10/29/1839; Windsor, MA


04/19/1888; West Cummington, MA; burial in West Cummington Cemetery, Cummington, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 206 - 213  [AotW citation 2701]