Saturday, June 29, 2013

Antietam: Accounting for Connecticut's dead

19-year-old Robert Boyle, a private in the 8th Connecticut, is buried in Suffield, Conn.
Only 19 years old, Robert Boyle was one of many teenagers from Connecticut who died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Antietam. A private in the 8th Connecticut, Robert was shot in the head and died Oct. 24, 1862, more than a month after the battle. Boyle was the eldest of eight children of Richard and Mary Boyle of Suffield, Conn. While searching recently for the grave of another 8th Connecticut soldier, I found Boyle's grave in Old Saint Patrick Cemetery in Suffield. For the most comprehensive Connecticut Antietam death list anywhere, download my Excel spreadsheet. It includes soldier's name, regiment, company, family status, burial site (if known) and more.

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