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Federal (USV)


James Hughes

(1844 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America with his parents sometime after 1853. On 12 July 1861, by then a 17 year old bootmaker in Milford, he enlisted and mustered as Private, Company G, 15th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the left leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital on the Hoffman Farm near Sharpsburg, and his leg was amputated at the thigh, but he died there of wounds on 28 September 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and Harnwell.2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3


02/17/1844 in IRELAND


09/28/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Saint Johns 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. 179 - 180  [AotW citation 5824]

2   Harnwell, Susan, The 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War 1861 - 1864, Published 1997, first accessed 01 January 1999, <>, Source page: /Roster/p59.htm#i1130  [AotW citation 23278]

3   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. 257  [AotW citation 23279]