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Federal (USV)


Edward Tief

(c. 1821 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was 40 years old when he enlisted on 14 May 1861 in New York City. He mustered in as Private, Company E, 42nd New York Infantry on 22 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the right shoulder, right leg, and head in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated in a field hospital on the Susan Hoffman farm at Sharpsburg and his leg was amputated at the thigh. He was sent to the Smoketown/Antietam field hospital, date not given, and died there of wounds on 7 (or 17) October 1862.

References & notes

Death and burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which lists him as Edward Taft. Service data from the State of New York,2 which has no further record after his wounding at Antietam, and says he was "absent, in hospital, sick, and at muster-out of company" (July 1864). His last name also in State records as Taaffe and Teaffe. Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His memorial is on Findagrave, as Edward Taafe.


c. 1821


10/07/1862; Sharpsburg, 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 4245]

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, Issue 23 (for the year 1900), pg. 1088  [AotW citation 8491]

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, p. 413  [AotW citation 30103]