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Federal (USV)


William Francis Barry

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 16 year old clerk living with his widowed mother Elizabeth and siblings in Melrose, MA. He was a clerk with E.W. Wheelock & Company, a "dealer in tailor's trimmings" in Boston when he enlisted there on 28 July 1862. He mustered on 4 August 1862 as a Private in Company A of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry. He had served briefly in Company A of the 4th Battalion, Massachusetts Infantry, but they were never mustered for war service.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action - "shot directly through the heart" (or forehead) - at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was originally buried on the field, but his family had his remains recovered and reinterred in Melrose on 29 September 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.1 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and Elbridge H. Goss's The Annals of Melrose, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts in the Great Rebellion, 1861-65 (1868). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/13/1843 in MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, 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. II, pp. 72 - 130  [AotW citation 2885]