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Federal (USV)


Manton C. Angell

(1834 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 61st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1850 he was a 17 year old clerk in Fallsburg, NY. On 7 November 1861, by then age 27, he mustered as First Lieutenant, Company H, 61st NY Infantry. He was promoted to Captain of Company E on 1 May 1862 and was wounded in action at White Oak Swamp (Glendale), VA on 30 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam by a sharpshooter:

Quite a way to the front and to our left was a good sized tree heavily leaved. Out of that tree soon came rifle shots and our men were beginning to show wounds. Capt. Angell, who was a very good officer had told his friends that he knew he would be killed in this fight. I was within a few feet of him when he dropped with a bullet through his head. [Colonel] Barlow called out for half a dozen good marksmen to clean out that tree ... The boys fired rapidly into the tree and in a brief time two Confederate gentlemen dropped to the ground, whether dead or alive I do not know, but we had no more trouble from that source ...

The rest of the War

He was originally buried on the field, but was later sent home. A funeral service was held in New York on or about 26 January 1863 (per NY Times).

After the War

His father Daniel (or David) applied for his son's back pay on 28 September 1862, declaring there was no wife or child left behind. His widow Mary C. Angell filed for a pension on 7 April 1882. One of them was not truthful.

References & notes

Service information from the State of New York1. The quote above from Fuller.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850. His gravesite is on Findagrave; the government supplied his headstone in 1879.


09/23/1834; Sullivan County, NY


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, 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, Issue 25 (for 1900)  [AotW citation 7662]

2   Fuller, Charles Augustus, Personal Recollections of the War of 1861... in the Sixty-first Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Sherburne (NY): News Job Printing House, 1906, pp. 53 - 73  [AotW citation 7675]