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Federal (USV)


Walter Burke

(c. 1833 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 28 years, he enlisted on 9 September 1861 at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company G, 69th New York Infantry on 18 September.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the shoulder with a "flesh wound" on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD, and had an "Intermediary amputation in the middle third of the right femur for shot injury on September 24", but died there of wounds on 27 September 1862. He was originally buried in Frederick, MD, probably in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, and was later reinterred in the National Cemetery.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service from the NY Adjutant General,2 with some casualty detail from Nelson.3 The quote above in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion from McLernon.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1833


09/27/1862; Frederick, 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 3274]

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 1901, Serial #28, pg. 35  [AotW citation 16976]

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. 148  [AotW citation 16977]

4   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Bloody Lane, Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2014, pg. 7  [AotW citation 17979]