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Federal (USV)


Rufus Chamberlain

(c. 1819 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

From Stafford, he mustered as Sergeant, Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 7 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot in the left knee in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring and Smoketown Hospitals, Sharpsburg, and had his leg amputated in October, but died of wounds there on 21 October 1862.

After the War

He was originally buried at Smoketown, but his body was taken home and reinterred in Stafford.

References & notes

Service information from Ingersoll1, which his his death on 25 September. His stay at Locust Spring from Nelson,2 who cites Army Corps Hospital Register 328, in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Burial detail from John Banks. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His son Rufus M. Chamberlain (1844-1914), Private, Company I, was not hurt at Antietam, and mustered out with his Company in 1865.

More on the Web

More about his death and aftermath from a fine blog post by John Banks.


c. 1819


10/21/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Hillside Cemetery, Stafford, CT


1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pp. 660 - 663  [AotW citation 5592]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 159  [AotW citation 17279]