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L. Martin

L. Martin

Federal (USA)


Leonard Martin

(1838 - 1890)

Home State: Wisconsin

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1861;Class Rank: 33rd

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery F

Before Antietam

He graduated from West Point on 6 May 1861, was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 4th United States Artillery, and was promoted to First Lieutenant, 5th US Artillery a week later.

On the Campaign

He led his battery in action on South Mountain on 14 September and at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was at Fredericksburg in December, but on sick leave afterward into June 1863. He commanded his battery again on the Gettysburg and Mine Run Campaigns to December, then in the defenses of Washington to July 1864. He was in operations around Petersburg, VA through the end of 1864. He was commissioned Colonel of the 51st Wisconsin Infantry on 29 April 1865 and honorably mustered out of Volunteer service on 25 Aug 1865.

After the War

He was on leave of absence until he resigned his US Army commission on 3 April 1866.

He was a government clerk, Revenue Officer, Assistant Engineer, and Pension Examiner between 1867 and 1887.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum;2 his Cullum number is 1920. His picture from a photograph in the album West-Point Graduates 1861.


08/26/1838; Green Bay, WI


04/14/1890; Winnebago, WI; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Allouez, WI


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 693  [AotW citation 29151]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 803-804  [AotW citation 29152]