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T.L. Appleton

T.L. Appleton

Federal (USV)


Thomas Larkin Appleton

(1842 - 1932)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old clerk in Brighton, MA, he enlisted in June and mustered as a Private in Company C, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 16 July 1861 at Fort Independence in Boston.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was sent to the hospital at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA about 22 September. He was discharged on 21 February 1863 in Boston to take an appointment as 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 24 May, transferred to Company G on 21 August and promoted to Captain on 26 January 1864. He was detailed to command the post at Hilton Head, SC in February and March, then as Provost Marshal at Folly and Morris Islands, SC from 7 June to February 1865. He was assigned as Assistant Provost Marshal at Charleston, SC on 22 March and returned to his regiment on 1 April. He was on leave in July and mustered out with his company on 20 August 1865 in Charleston.

References & notes

His service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Wound and hospital detail also in Nelson,3 citing a list in the New York Times of 24 September 1862, which has his wound in the right hip. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress.


07/27/1842; Boston, MA


12/05/1932; Malden, MA; burial in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, 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. 84 - 85  [AotW citation 6900]

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 30558]

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, p. 116  [AotW citation 30559]