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S.S. Gould

S.S. Gould

Federal (USV)


Samuel Shelton Gould

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

From a prominent family, he enrolled at Harvard at age 15 in 1858. He attended for a year, then spent two years at sea as an ordinary seaman on merchant ships, seeing much of the world. He returned to school in 1860. He volunteered for duty with the 4th Massachusetts Battalion in early 1862, but they were not accepted for Federal service. By then age 19, he enlisted in Company A, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 14 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the heart in action on 17 September 1862 near the West Woods at Antietam, and died the same day.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See a fine blog post about Gould from John Banks, source also of the photograph above, from his collection.


01/01/1843; Boston, MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, 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 2892]