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Federal (USV)


Hillard Farnsworth Coffin

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

Age 18, a "scholar" from Beddington, he enlisted in Company D, the 2nd United States Sharpshooters in September 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He died of wounds, date and place not given, but probably near the battlefield.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 His service from Gerald L. Earley's The Second United States Sharpshooters in the Civil War: A History and Roster (2009) and the Maine State Archives Military Card File, which lists him as missing on 29 August 1862. A casualty list in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 23 September 1862 says he was killed outright on 17 September. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as C.H. Coffin.

His older brother Lucius Malcom Coffin (b. 1840) was also in Company D, and was commissioned Lieutenant, Co. K, 31st Maine Infantry [photo] in January 1864.


03/27/1843; Centerville, ME


1862; 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 3346]