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Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

William Atterbury

(1821 - 1905)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 83rd New York Infantry (9th Militia)

Before Antietam

In 1855 he was a 32 year old clerk in Brooklyn, NY. He mustered in New York City as Captain of Company G of the 83rd Infantry on 27 May 1861 at age 39. He was promoted to Major of the regiment in June and was appointed Lieutenant Colonel on 7 January 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was discharged 30 September 1862.

After the War

By 1865 he was back in Brooklyn, and was a paper manufacturer there to at least 1900.

References & notes

Service information from Phisterer.1 Further bio detail from his obituary in the New York Times of Friday, 27 October 1905 (pg. 2), family genealogists, the NY Census of 1855 and 1865, and the US Census of 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Anna Maria Newton (1821-) in May 1844 and they had 4 children.


07/01/1821; New York City


10/25/1905; Montclair, NJ; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 4, pg. 2919  [AotW citation 972]