Sgt Alfred P. Carpenter

Sgt Alfred P. Carpenter

Eastford, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Oct 1864 (aged 28)
Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Died of yellow fever at Key West, FL; unknown where body was buried
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Civil War Union veteran; First Minnesota Infantry, Company K

Originally from Connecticut, he came to St. Charles Township, Minnesota in 1852. He was a 24-year old farmhand when the war began. He helped his parents and brothers on their farms there. He had attended Brown University and taught in an elementary school in Madison, Wisconsin, where he lived with his brother. During the summer months he returned home to work on the farms.

He was mustered into Company K on May 23, 1861. Mathew Marvin was a close friend in the company. Alfred was known as "Alf" or "Carp" to all the men. He was wounded, on Sept 17, 1862, at Antietam. He was promoted to corporal before the battle at Gettysburg. He was wounded twice, during the charge on July 2nd. Carp was sent to a hospital to recuperate.

Regarding the Battle at Gettysburg, Sergeant Carpenter later recalled; "The sun had gone down and in the darkness we hurried, stumbled over the field in search of our fallen companions, and when the living were cared for, laid down on the ground to gain a little rest, for the morrow bid fair for more stern and bloody work, the living sleeping side by side with the dead. Thousands had fallen, and on the morrow, they would be followed to their long home by thousands more."

On September 23, 1863, when he was well enough to leave, he accepted a commission as lieutenant and transferred soon after to command a company of the 2nd US Colored Infantry, stationed in Key West, Florida. He died there of yellow fever on September 18, 1864. His name is inscribed on the monument to the Colored Troops in Washington DC.


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