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Federal (USV)


Willard Avery

(? - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 97th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, he enlisted on 1 January 1862 at Stratford, to serve three years and mustered in as Private, Company G, 97th New York Infantry on 8 February.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated at the thigh and he was treated at the Hoffman Farm and Smoketown field hospitals near Sharpsburg, but he died of wounds on 24 September 1862 (or 14 or 25 October). He was reinterred from burial on the Antietam battlefield to the National Cemetery sometime before or during 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which has him as William. Service from the State of New York.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3 and the MSHWR,4 which has him as A. Willard. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


09/24/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3173]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the year 1902, Ser. No. 32, pg. 743  [AotW citation 21356]

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, pg. 118  [AotW citation 21357]

4   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 267  [AotW citation 21358]