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Federal (USV)


Ansel J. Darling

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, rom Backman, MI, he enlisted in Company G, 17th Michigan Infantry as Sergeant on 12 July 1862 and mustered on 18 August.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which lists him as Private - he may have been reduced to Private immediately before the battle on South Mountain. Service from the Record of Service,2 which has him as Ansil J. Darling. Birth details from family genealogists. His light knapsack is in the National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA. His cartridge box was sold at auction by Heritage Auctions in June 2015.


1840; Eaton Rapids, MI


09/17/1862; 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 3399]

2   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 17, pg. 27  [AotW citation 20202]