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Federal (USV)


Hugh Donnelly

(c. 1821 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 82nd New York Infantry (2nd Militia)

Before Antietam

A married 40 year old porter in Manhattan, he enlisted on 18 April 1861 in Company E of the 2nd New York State Milita, which mustered into Federal service as the 82nd New York Infantry. Donnelly mustered as First Sergeant, but was reduced to to Private, date not known. He was promoted again to Sergeant on 1 July 1862 and to First Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the right leg/groin and arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the US Army field hospital on the Hoffman Farm at Sharpsburg then sent on to the Carver Hospital in Washington, DC. He died there of wounds on 10 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from State of New York1. Wound and Sharpsburg hospital details from Nelson.2 Personal details from research by Damian Shiels. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1821 in IRELAND


10/10/1862; Washington, DC; burial in US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery, Washington, DC


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, Serial 30 (for the year 1901), pg. 304  [AotW citation 8408]

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. 191  [AotW citation 20975]