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Federal (USV)


John Libby

(c. 1840 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

An unmarried 21 year old from Eastport, ME, he enlisted at Fort Schuyler, NY, and mustered as Private, Company G, 69th New York Infantry on 12 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot to the right thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated in US Army General Hospital #5 (Convent Hospital) in Frederick, MD, where his right leg was amputated by Dr. John Green on 8 October 1862. He died there of wounds (from exhaustion) at about 5:30pm on 11 December 1862. He was buried in Frederick on 14 December, but later reinterred in the new National Cemetery.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam CemeteryHistory1, which has him in Company D. Service from the State of New York.2 Casualty details from Nelson,3 who lists him as John Libbey, and also in Company D. Amputation and other personal details from McLernon.4


c. 1840


12/11/1862; 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 3795]

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, Serial No. 28, pg. 194  [AotW citation 17511]

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. 289  [AotW citation 17512]

4   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Bloody Lane, Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2014, pg. 9  [AotW citation 17970]