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Federal (USA)


Michael McGuire

(c. 1835 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old laborer, he enlisted in New York City as a Private, Company G, 4th US Infantry on 9 December 1857 to serve 5 years. He was described as 5 feet, 4 and a half inches tall with gray eyes, brown hair, and a florid complexion. He deserted his unit in September 1859 but returned (or was apprehended and returned) to duty on 22 March 1860.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, probably while skirmishing with the enemy along the Boonsboro Pike just east of the town of Sharpsburg that afternoon.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital and his leg was amputated. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 28 September but died there of wounds the next day.

After the War

He was originally buried in Frederick, possibly in Mount Olivet Cemetery, but was reinterred in the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 as Michael Maguire, Company C. His service from the Register.2 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 His memorial is on Findagrave.


c. 1835; Dublin, IRELAND


09/29/1862; 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 3832]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 053, pg. 158  [AotW citation 25257]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #576  [AotW citation 25258]