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Federal (USV)


Eugene Pickett

(? - 1884)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 83rd New York Infantry (9th Militia)

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company A, 83rd New York Infantry as Sergeant in New York City on 27 May 1861, and was promoted to First Sergeant 25 July. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant 6 August 1861 and Captain in June 1862 (to date from 22 May).

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 3 January 1863. He was commissioned Captain, 22nd Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on 18 March 1864 and mustered out on 22 August 1867. He served with Brigadier General Davis Tillson of the Freedmen's Bureau supervising relief efforts in Georgia in 1865-67.

After the War

He was honored by brevets to Major and Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers for "distinguished gallantry" at the battles 2nd Bull Run and Antietam. He was commissioned into Regular Army service as 2nd Lieutenant, 12th US Infantry on 9 August 1867, and transferred to the 22nd Infantry on 3 August 1870. He was discharged at his own request on 31 December 1870.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1. Thanks to Devan Sommerville for scrubbing through the AG's report, and extracting and transcribing the roster data for AotW. Further details from Heitman2, Paul A. Cimbala's Under the Guardianship of the Nation: The Freedmen's Bureau and the Reconstruction of Georgia, 1865-1870 (1997), and Higginson's Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the War of 1861-1865 (1896).


Date not known in MA




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, Issue 30 (for 1901), pg. 674  [AotW citation 7430]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 790  [AotW citation 14884]