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Federal (USV)


William Sharkey

(c. 1837 - 1882)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted on Long Island, NY, and mustered in as a Private in Company D, 42nd New York Infantry on 22 June 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in Frederick, MD on 6 October and sent on to Baltimore, date not given. He transferred to Company D, 10th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps in June 1863 (or April 1864) and mustered out on 1 October 1866.

After the War

He was a member of Company A, 44th (4th?) New Jersey Veteran Reserve (militia) from October 1866 to March of 1869, then discharged for disability. He was a dry goods clerk in Washington, DC until admitted to the Soldier's Home in Dayton, OH on 6 June 1870, giving his age as 30. He died there of "general paralysis" on 20 April 1882

References & notes

His service from the State of New York1 and his Muster Roll Extract in the NY State Archives, via fold3. Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the the Patient List.3 Personal details from the registers of the United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, online from FamilySearch. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1837 in IRELAND


04/20/1882; Dayton, OH; burial in Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH


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 23 (for the year 1900)  [AotW citation 8582]

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, p. 381  [AotW citation 30098]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #359  [AotW citation 30099]