|Birth||Oct. 1, 1843|
|Death||Aug. 20, 1902|
|Unit||56th New York Infantry, Company K|
Hospital Steward Arthur Childs
Company K, 56th New York Infantry
Childs was born in Neversink (Sullivan County), New York on October 1, 1843. He was residing in Neversink when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 25, 1861. Childs was promoted to hospital steward from private on February 16, 1863. One Civil War source indicates that he served an additional 22 months and was mustered out on December 20, 1865.
The 56th New York Infantry was organized and mustered at Newburg, New York on October 28,1861. During the early part of the War, the unit was part of several major battles. Some of them include:
Battle of Williamsburg (VA) (May 5, 1862).
Battle of Seven Pines (VA) (May 31-June 1, 1862).
Battle of Gaines Hill (VA) (June 27, 1862).
Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).
The regiment was sent to South Carolina in 1863 and was part of the Siege of Fort Wagner. The unit was mustered out on October 17, 1865.
Childs died on August 20, 1902 at the age of 58 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne (Wayne County), Nebraska. Childs was a charter member of the Casey Post (#5) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Wayne. In addition, he was a member of the Mathewson Post (#109) of the GAR in Norfolk, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.