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Federal (USV)


Sylvester Rollins

(? - 1862)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

From Knox County, IN, he mustered as Corporal, Company B, 14th Indiana Infantry on 7 June 1861. He was possibly promoted to Sergeant, date not known.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the chest (or abdomen) which lodged in his lower spine in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was first treated at the field hospital of the 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps at Sharpsburg then admitted to the US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 29 September 1862. Dr Redfern Davis surgically removed the bullet on 14 October but Rollins died of his wounds on 23 October. He was originally buried in Frederick, but reinterred in the new National Cemetery, grave #3491, in about 1867.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which has his death date as 17 October. Service from the Adjutant General,2 who has his death on 18 October. Hospital and wound details from the Patient List,3 and the MSHWR,4 both of which have him as Sergeant. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/17/1862; 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 4111]

2   State of Indiana, Adjutant General's Office, and William H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 8 volumes, Indianapolis: (various) State Printers, 1865-1869, Vol. 4, pg. 275  [AotW citation 20620]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #4.907  [AotW citation 20621]

4   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 1, pp. 446-447  [AotW citation 20622]