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Federal (USV)


Robert M. Fossett

(1823 - 1862)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 39, he enlisted on 14 August 1862 in Vassalboro as Private, Company E, 16th Maine Infantry.

On the Campaign

He died, probably of disease, at the hospital at Smoketown, MD on 25 October 1862.

After the War

He was listed as having been reinterred from his original burial at Smoketown to the National Cemetery in about 1867, but may have been returned home for burial as early as 1862.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 His service from Maine.2 Personal details from family genealogists.

His memorial at Antietam National Cemetery is on Findagrave. He may actually be buried in North Windsor Cemetery [also via Findagrave]; his Maine Veteran's Cemetery Records card says he was buried there on 28 October 1862; his wives and daughters are also there. To add to the confusion, Paul Ring of the Old Bristol Historical Society says he's buried in Harrington Meeting House Cemetery, Pemaquid (Bristol), ME.

He married Mary E. Merrill (1833-1854). He married again, Sarah P. Merrill (1830-1879) in August 1854. They had two daughters, Lizzie (1855-1864) and Sadie (1860-1874).


02/15/1823; Bristol, Lincoln County, ME


10/25/1862; Smoketown, 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 3514]

2   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863  [AotW citation 25184]