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Federal (USV)


William Henry Kelsey

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 84th New York Infantry/14th Brooklyn

Before Antietam

A 19 year old from an affluent family in Gravesend, Brooklyn, NY he enlisted on 19 August 1862 in Brooklyn, and mustered as Private, Company H, 14th Brooklyn (84th NY) Infantry on 25 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot through the lung in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at a field hospital near Sharpsburg, and was admitted to the New Church hospital in Frederick, MD on 1 October, but he died there of wounds on 7 October. He was buried in Brooklyn on 12 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from the State of New York,1 which says he was discharged for wounds on 7 October. Wound and hospital information from the Patient List.2 Details from a bio sketch from Green-Wood Cemetery, which says he "died on his way home, in his mother's arms", date unknown. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Channing Moore for her research into Kelsey's birth and family, and for the original pointer to his story.


c. 1843; Brooklyn, NY


10/07/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1901, Ser. No. 30, pg. 854  [AotW citation 6291]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #181  [AotW citation 20427]