Connecticut Yankees at Antietam
The faces, graves and memorials of soldiers from the state who were killed or mortally wounded on Sept. 17, 1862 -- the bloodiest day in American history.
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11th Connecticut Private Benjamin Beach's grave in Antietam National Cemetery. Grave is No. 1133.
A private in Company E of the 11th Connectiut, Benjamin Beach of Norfolk, Conn., was killed in the attack near Burnside Bridge.
14th Connecticut color sergeant Thomas J. Mills of New London was mortally wounded at Antietam. He died at Smoketown Hospital on Oct. 16 or 17, 1862.
8th Connecticut Corporal Robert Ferriss was killed by a bullet to his breast at Antietam. "Of Robert at home I knew but little," his captain wrote in a condolence letter to his mother, "but I know well that he was the same steady, honest man on the day of his death that he was the day he left New Milford for the purpose of fighting the battle of his country."
Robert Anderson poses with an image of Corporal Robert Ferriss next to the 8th Connecticut soldier's grave at Center Cemetery in New Milford, Conn. Ferriss, 27, was killed at Antietam. Anderson is the great-great-great nephew of the corporal.
The side-by-side graves of 8th Connecticut Corporal Robert Ferriss and Sergeant David Lake in Center Cemetery in New Milford, Conn. Ferriss was killed at Antietam. Lake was mortally wounded there, dying on Sept. 18, 1862, a day after the battle, from a bullet wound to the bowels.
Jason Twiss, a 32-year-old private in the 16th Connecticut, was shot in the chest and killed in John Otto's cornfield. He's buried in Antietam National Cemetery. He was from Willington, Conn.
State-issued marker for Frederick Culver, a 27-year-old private in the 11th Connecticut, in Center Cemetery in Rocky Hill, Conn. He died of his Antietam wounds at Crystal Springs Hospital on Oct. 6, 1862. He is buried at Antietam National Cemetery in grave No. 1,110.
Broken marker for Frederick Culver, a 27-year-old private in the 11th Connecticut, in Center Cemetery in Rocky Hill, Conn. He died of his Antietam wounds at Crystal Springs Hospital on Oct. 6, 1862. He is buried at Antietam National Cemetery in grave No. 1,110.
Captain Jarvis Blinn of the 14th Connecticut was one of two captains in his regiment to lose his life at Antietam. Shot through the heart, he was killed on the Roulette farm. Here's his story on my blog: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2011/11/faces-of-civil-war-jarvis-blinn.html
Lieutenant George Crosby of the 14th Connecticut had surgery in the Roulette spring house in the background. He died at his parents house in Middle Haddam, Conn., 37 days after the battle. Here's his story on my blog: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2012/02/faces-of-civil-war-george-h-crosby.html
Captain Frederick Barber of the 16th Connecticut was mortally wounded in John Otto's cornfield. He died after gruesome surgery on his leg. Here's his story on my blog: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2012/03/faces-of-civil-war-captain-frederick.html
Captain John Griswold of the 11th Connecticut was mortally wounded at Burnside Bridge. His beautiful tombstone is in a small private cemetery in Old Lyme, Conn. Here's his story on my blog: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2011/11/faces-of-civil-war-captain-john-d.html
Tintype of 8th Connecticut Sergeant George Marsh, 29, who was killed at Antietam by the concussion of a solid shot. His brother-in-law traveled to Sharpsburg, Md., to retrieve his body.
Pre-war daguerreotype of 8th Connecticut Sergeant George Marsh of Hartford. He was killed about sunrise by concussion of solid shot at Antietam, perhaps the first soldier from Connecticut killed at the bloodiest day in American history.
Grave of George Marsh in Old North Cemetery in Hartord. Marsh, a sergeant in the 8th Connecticut, was killed around sunrise by the concussion of an artillery shell at Antietam.
State-issued marker in Linwood Cemetery in Colchester, Conn., for Frederick Ellsworth, an 8th Connecticut private, who died of his Antietam wound on Sept. 21, 1862. (Photo courtesy Matt Reardon.)
Marker in Linwood Cemetery in Colchester, Conn., for Augustin and Frederick Ellsworth, brothers who died during the Civil War. Frederick, a private in the 8th Connecticut, died from a severe head wound on Sept. 21, 1862, four days after he was shot at Antietam. Augustin, a seaman aboard the U.S.S. Sciota, was killed "by a ball from the enemy's battery" as his vessel passed Vicksburg, Miss., on June 28, 1862. (Photo courtesy Matt Reardon.)
A private in Company E of the 16th Connecticut, Robert P. Morgan was mortally wounded at Antietam. He died on Sept. 24, 1862, a week after the battle. This is his marker, probably a cenotaph, in Granby (Conn.) Cemetery. Morgan is believed to be buried at Antietam National Cemetery, grave No. 1,102. Photo courtesy of Karen Phillips Miller.
Nelson Snow, a private in Company D of the 16th Connecticut, was sick several days before Antietam, but his illness didn't keep him from the battle. He was killed in John Otto's cornfield. "(Snow) went into the fight for fear someone would call him a coward," William Relyea, a comrade in Company D wrote. "He was brave enough to die." A state-issued marker and a memorial for Snow may be found in West Suffield (Conn.) Cemetery. It's unclear whether his remains were returned to the state.
A 27-year-old private in the 8th Connecticut, Oscar L. Jerome is buried in Military Asylum Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The cenotaph shown here is in West Cemetery in Bristol, Conn. According to the 1860 U.S. census, Jerome was a clockmaker, perhaps working for his father, Noble, who was a master clockmaker. From Waterbury, Jerome died of disease, perhaps a result of a wound suffered at Antietam.
Frederick Eno, a 30-year-old sergeant from Bloomfield, Conn., served in Company F of the 14th Connecticut, which saw severe fighting on William Roulette's farm, near Bloody Lane. An 1862 account notes that he died a day after the battle. Other accounts, however, note that he was killed in action on Sept. 17, 1862. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield..
Killed in action at Antietam, David Mix was a corporal in the 14th Connecticut. His marker is in secluded East Farms Cemetery in Waterbury, Conn. Whether he is actually buried here is unknown.
Francis W. Burr, a 23-year-old private in Company G of the 16th Connecticut, suffered a wound to his groin in John Otto's cornfield at Antietam. He died at Crystal Spring Hospital near Keedysville, Md., on Oct. 12, 1862. This is his marker in Higganum-Burr Cemetery in Higganum, Conn. Burr, however, may be buried in Antietam National Cemetery.
An orderly sergeant in the 16th Connecticut, Orville Campbell was killed in action at Antietam. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in New Britain, Conn.