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Federal (USV)


James Henry Kneeland

(1834 - 1891)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A carriagesmith from Worcester he enlisted and mustered there on 12 July 1861 as a Private in Company D, 15th Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal about August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His arm was amputated and he was discharged for disability on 13 December 1862 from Fort Hamilton in New York Harbor. He had later service as a Corporal in the 99th Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps.

References & notes

His service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3; his 1862 discharge has his birth in Boston, MA. His amputation from a letter of 29 June 1867 he wrote entering a left-hand penmanship contest, now at the Library of Congress. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Annie E Minns (1846-1906) in October 1879.


02/25/1834; County Sligo, IRELAND


05/11/1891; Worcester, MA; burial in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester, 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, pp. 155 - 160  [AotW citation 5704]