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Federal (USV)


John Keilt

(c. 1840 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21 years, he enrolled at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Sergeant, Company C, 69th New York Infantry on 8 October 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, his left leg amputated on 21 October. He died there of pyaemia (septicemia) on 25 (or 26) October 1862. He was probably originally buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, later reinterred at the National Cemetery.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which has him as Pvt. John Keelt. Service information from the Roster.2 Amputation and death details from the Medical and Surgical History.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Robert McClernon and his excellent List for the pointers to the MSHWR and Mt. Olivet.


c. 1840 in IRELAND


10/25/1862; 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 3705]

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. 55  [AotW citation 17953]

3   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, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 284  [AotW citation 17954]