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Federal (USV)


Gersham Severance

(c. 1841 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 60th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted on 9 September 1861 at Russell to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company C, 60th New York Infantry on 30 October.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot through the bowels in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown field hospital but died there of wounds on 22 September. He was originally buried near the hospital but reinterred in the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History 1. Service information from the Adjutant General.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3 and Eddy.4 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His brother William was killed at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September with the 23rd Ohio Infantry. Two other brothers survived their service: Charles Henry Severance (1837-1913) served 1861-65 in Company A, 60th New York Infantry and Benjamin Franklin Severance (1843-1911) was in Company G, 14th New York Heavy Artillery 1863-65.


c. 1841; St. Lawrence County, NY


09/22/1862; 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 4147]

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 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 795  [AotW citation 22433]

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. 380  [AotW citation 22434]

4   Eddy, Richard, History of the Sixtieth Regiment New York State Volunteers, Philadelphia: Richard Eddy, 1864, pg. 175  [AotW citation 22435]