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Federal (USV)


Charles A. Willoughby

(1842 - 1917)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 34th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 17 year old laborer in Norway, Herkimer County, NY, and he enlisted there on 1 May 1861 and mustered as a Private in Company C, 34th New York Infantry on 15 June 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital on the Hoffman farm near Sharpsburg, then was briefly in a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 25 September before being sent on to Philadelphia (or Baltimore). He was discharged for wounds on 18 March 1863 at a hospital in Baltimore.

After the War

By 1880 he was a rail car repairer in Hannibal, MO. He attended a reunion of the 34th Regiment at Herkimer, NY in 1889.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York.1 Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. The 1889 reunion from Norway Tidings (Vol. 3, No. 10, October 1889). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Melissa Austin (1846-1921) in about 1868 and they had a daughter Lenora in 1871, but she died as an infant.


01/29/1842; Norway, NY


06/14/1917; Hannibal, MO; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, MO


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 22 (for the year 1900)  [AotW citation 8349]

2   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. 441  [AotW citation 27817]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #93  [AotW citation 27818]