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Federal (USA)


William Finley

(c. 1835 - 1862)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery M

Before Antietam

A 20 year old laborer, he enlisted as a Private in Company C, 10th US Infantry at Fort Wayne, IN on 3 September 1855, served in the West, and was discharged in Kansas in September 1860 at the end of his term. He enlisted again, by then 26 years old, as Private, Battery M, 2nd US Artillery at Newport Barracks, KY on 16 February 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and buried on the field near the battery's position at the Middle Bridge [map].

After the War

He was reinterred in the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as Sgt. William Finly. His service from the Registers.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See more about Finley and his special place on Elliott's 1864 Antietam burial map in an excellent post by Damian Shiels on Irish in the American Civil War.


c. 1835; County Tyrone, IRELAND


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 3496]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 051, pg. 75; Vol. 141, pg. 250  [AotW citation 24553]