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Federal (USV)


Benjamin P. Knapp

(c. 1838 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 77th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 23, he enlisted at Milton for three years and mustered as Private, Company H, 77th New York Infantry on 15 October 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 30 January 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm field hospital then the US Army hospital at Smoketown, MD near Sharpsburg, but he died there of wounds on 10 October 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. His service from the Adjutant General.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His memorial is on Findagrave.


c. 1838


10/10/1862; 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 3742]

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. 277  [AotW citation 22500]