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Federal (USV)


Edwin L. Parmenter

(c. 1836 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 25, a factory operative from Webster, he enlisted there as 3rd Corporal of Company I, 15th Massachusetts Infantry on 20 April 1861. He was captured at Ball's Bluff near Leesburg, VA on 21 October 1861 and 'gained' (returned) on 13 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated at the knee "on the field" and he was afterward treated in the Corps field hospital on the Hoffman Farm near Sharpsburg. He was admitted to the Smoketown Hospital "on or after" 5 October and died there on 13 October 1862 of his wounds. His body was returned home in March 1863.

References & notes

His service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and his Compiled Service Records. 2 Wound and hospital details from Nelson3 and the MSHWR,4 as E.M. Parmenter. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has him as L. Edwin Parmenter. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as a Sergeant. Thanks to Ralph Parmenter Bennett for the poke to look further into Edwin.


c. 1836; Worcester County, MA


10/13/1862; Smoketown, MD; burial in Mount Zion Cemetery, Webster, 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. 194 - 195  [AotW citation 5929]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27884]

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. 346  [AotW citation 27885]

4   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 403  [AotW citation 27886]