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Federal (USV)


Albert F. Shelton

(1837 - 1896)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 24 year old pump and block maker and lived with his widowed mother and 8 siblings in Melrose, MA. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 29 July 1861 at Fort Independence in Boston.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot through his right arm and side in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated in a hospital in Chambersburg, PA and was discharged for wounds on 23 December 1862 in Boston. He was drafted for service again in July 1863, but paid a commutation fee and remained at home.

After the War

In 1880 he was still in Melrose, MA.

References & notes

His service information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860 & 1880, 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.

His brother Charles was also in Company A and wounded at Antietam.

He married Rebecca Francis Wilder (1847-1930) in November 1871 and they had 3 children.

Thanks to Jim Buchanan for the nudge to look further into Albert and for the Goss reference.


1837; Boston, MA


01/04/1896; Malden, MA; 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, p. 78  [AotW citation 2901]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29927]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, p. 383  [AotW citation 29928]