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Federal (USV)


John E. Carruth

(1843 - 1875)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, a shoemaker from Clinton, he enlisted in Company C, 15th Massachusetts Infantry on 12 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the face in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam, his jawbone fractured.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm Hospital, Sharpsburg, and discharged for wounds on 4 February 1863. He reenlisted on 12 December 1863 in Company M, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He mustered out on 3 September 1865 at Wilmington, NC.

After the War

He died relatively young, of consumption (tuberculosis), at age 32.

References & notes

Service information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Casualty details from Nelson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/07/1843; Bolton, MA


08/07/1875; Clinton, MA; burial in West Burying Ground, Bolton, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 149  [AotW citation 5636]

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. 156  [AotW citation 17103]