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Confederate (CSV)


Michael Sullivan

(c. 1833 - 1863)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a 28 year old laborer in New Orleans when he enlisted in Company K, 6th Louisiana Infantry on 4 June 1861 at Camp Moore, LA.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by 5 gunshots and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862

The rest of the War

He was initially treated at the White House field hospital on the George Line farm north of Sharpsburg then was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in the Winchester Female Seminary in Frederick, MD on 3 October. His surgeon later reported:

The patient was wounded by five balls. The first entered about one and a half inches above and a little inside of the left patella [knee], and, passing through, fractured and comminuted the femur, and emerged on the outside abut three and a half inches above the knee joint. The second ball entered the left thigh near the junction with the perineum, merely making a flesh wound. The third entered about three and a half inches below and a little posterior to the trochanters of the right thigh, fracturing the femur, and, going directly through, emerged at the junction of the thigh with the perineum. The fourth missile produced a flesh wound, entering just over the junction of the dorsal and lumbar vertebra, and was not found; and the fifth grazed the left thigh posteriorly at the junction of the upper and middle thirds.
He was transferred to USA GH#1 on 15 January 1863 and died there of his wounds on 22 April 1863. He was originally buried "on west side of [Mt. Olivet] cemetery at Frederick" and may have been reinterred to Rose Hill in Hagerstown about 1874.

References & notes

Hagerstown burial information from Pruett.1 Service details from Booth2 and his Compiled Service Records,3 via fold3. Wound and treatment details from the MSHWR.4 There are a pair of stones for him at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, so he may still be there.

More on the Web

See the page from the MSHWR with a full case study of his medical treatment on the blog behind AotW.


c. 1833 in IRELAND


04/22/1863; Frederick, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


1   Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010  [AotW citation 4990]

2   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, pp. 740-741  [AotW citation 13166]

3   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26630]

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, Vol. 2, Part 3, pg. 185  [AotW citation 26631]