Friday, July 18, 2014

Milford N. Bullock, New York..

New York Thirty-Fourth, Infantry, Regimental History.
Battle of Antietam.
Milford N. Bullock, of Company K, was found dead on the field after the battle. The position in which he was lying indicated the painful circumstances of his death. He was lying on his back, his rifle by his side. The ramrod of his gun was in his hand, the lower end against the trigger of the gun, and the muzzle of the gun at his head. It appeared at the time that the wound he had received had not been sufficient to cause instant death ; but, being in mortal agony, he had contrived to end his sufferings by taking his own life. He had placed the gun by his side, the muzzle at his head, and by means of the ramrod had succeeded in discharging it.

The circumstances were all so painful, that his comrades, at the suggestion of Captain Northup, agreed that they would not mention them in their letters home. But now, after forty years, there is no harm in referring to them. Young Bullock was from Stratford, Herkimer County, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. His courage, his fidelity to duty were always unquestioned. His grave is not at home among his kindred, but far away, like that of so many others. He sleeps among the many unknown dead, in the great National cemetery at Antietam ; but we have never walked down those beautiful shaded aisles without feeling that we were again very near to our beloved comrade of those far-off days.

New York Stat Records.

BULLOCK, MILFORD N — Age, 19 years. Enlisted, May 1,1861, at Stratford, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Co.K, June 15, 1861; killed, September 17, 1862, at Antietam, Md.

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