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02 May 1835 1
Hartford CT 1
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05 Feb 1873 1
New York NY 1
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Francis C. Beach 1
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05 Feb 1873 1
New York NY 1
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16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The monument to the 16th Connecticut Volunteers at Antietam is about 150 yards east of Branch Avenue on the Otto farm. (39.44794° N, 77.73951° W; map) It was dedicated on October 8, 1894.

 

The 16th Connecticut was commanded at the Battle of Antietam by Colonel Francis Beach. The regiment was only two weeks off the train from Connecticut and almost totally innocent of military training and experience when it was thrown into the fight. They had loaded their muskets for the first time on the day before the battle.

 

Struck in the flank in a field of tall corn by A.P. Hill's savage counterattack, the 16th Connecticut lost a quarter of its men killed and wounded in the confusion and retreat that followed.

 

Monument map: Branch Avenue South  

 

From the east side of the monument:


16th Connecticut 
Vol. Infantry

2nd Brigade 
3rd Division 
9th Army Corps

 

From the south side:


Number engaged - 779
Casualties
Killed 43
Wounded 161
Total 204

 

From the west side:

 

Position of
the 16th Conn. 
Vol. Infantry
5 P.M. - Sept. 17, 1862

 

From the north side:

 

Erected
by the 
State of
Connecticut 
1894

 

Francis Beach of Connecticut 
Appointed from Connecticut, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1853 (16) 
Brevet Second Lieutenant, 2nd U. S. Artillery, 1 July 1857 
Second Lieutenant, 4th Artillery, 29 December 1857 
First Lieutenant, 29 April 1861 
Regimental Adjutant, 14 May to 30 December 1861 
Captain, 14 August 1862 
Colonel, 16th COnnecticut Volunteer Infantry, 24 August 1862 
Honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, 24 June 1865 
Breveted Major, 17 September 1862, for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Antietam, Maryland 
Breveted Lieuenant Colonel, 20 April 1864 for gallant and meritorious service during the siege of Plymouth, North Carolina 
Retired 22 August 1871 
Died 5 Febraury 1873

BEACH, FRANCIS 
4TH U.S. ARTY 
DATE OF DEATH: 02/05/1903 
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 1401 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 
  
BEACH, FRANCIS C  
CAPT 4TH US ARTY 
DATE OF DEATH: 02/05/1873 
BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE LOT 1401 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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