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Federal (USV)


Royal Emerson Wardwell

(c. 1846 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

A 16 year old farm boy in Enfield, known by Emerson, he enlisted as a Private in Company D, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 26 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital near the battlefield then admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 1 October, but he died there of his wounds on 17 October 1862.

After the War

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

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History.1 His service from Connecticut.2 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List,3 which says he transferred to Washington, DC on 12 November 1862, which seems unlikely. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His mother Emeline Amanda (or Amanda Emeline) Wardwell (1814-1903) applied for a pension in 1874 based on Emerson's service.


c. 1846; Enfield, CT


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 4320]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Chase, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1899  [AotW citation 25087]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #586  [AotW citation 25088]