(c. 1840 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 69th New York Infantry
Age 21 years, he enrolled at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company B, 69th New York Infantry on 20 September 1861.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in both knees in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He had his left leg amputated on 17 September at Sharpsburg, then was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD, where he suffered a secondary amputation on 20 October. He died of disease on 28 October. He was originally buried in Frederick, MD, probably in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, and was later reinterred in the National Cemetery.
References & notes
Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which has him as Sergeant John Curley. Service details from the Roster.2 Wound details from Nelson3 and the Medical and Surgical History.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave, which also has him as Sgt. John Curley. Thanks to Robert McClernon and his excellent List for the pointers to the MSHWR and Mt. Olivet.
10/28/1862; 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 3390]
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, Ser. No. 28, pg. 46 [AotW citation 17947]
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. 179 [AotW citation 17948]
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, Vol. 2, Pt. 3, pg. 315 [AotW citation 17949]