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Federal (USV)


Arthur D. Hamilton

(1842 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He went with his family to Rock County, WI as an infant, was raised on the family farm at Lima, and was a student at the Milton Academy (later Milton College, closed 1982) from 1859-60. He was a carpenter when he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on 24 April 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital at Keedysville, MD but died of wounds there on 26 September 1862, probably the first man from Milton to be killed in the War. He was reinterred from his original burial in a cemetery in Keedysville to the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

After the War

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #60 (1883-1931) at Milton was named for him.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1. His service from the Roster.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3 and a casualty list in the Fox Lake Gazette of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1850 & 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as A.T. Hamilton.


05/11/1842; Alfred, NY


09/26/1862; Keedysville, 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 3593]

2   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pg. 368  [AotW citation 10195]

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. 234  [AotW citation 26133]