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Andrew McLetchie

Andrew McLetchie

about 18361 - 13th Oct 18673

Life History

about 1836

Born in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire.1


Occupation Errand Boy.1


Occupation Surgeon.6

As noted on fathers death certificate.


Other event in Military - Asst Surgeon Federal Forces US Civil War.2

United States, Civil War Soldiers Index.

New York 79th Regiment  - Infantry Roster
"McLetchie, Andrew. - Age, 25 years. Enrolled, June 26, 1861, at New York City, to serve three years; mustered in as assistant surgeon, January 23, 1862; discharged in April, 1862.
Commissioned assistant surgeon, July, 4, 1862, with rank from June, 26, 1861, original."

The regiment was created as a social club in New York city in the fall of 1858, as the Highland Guard or 79th New York. It was created with the help of the St. Andrews and Caledonian Societies of New York and wealthy financial backers like Samual M. Elliot and James Cameron, the brother of the secretary of war.

The organization had no actual connection to the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Scotland. Only in name and in tartan did they identify with the 79th Regiment of the British Army.
Their original duty was to parade, train as heavy artillery they also provided a guard for the Prince of Wales when he visited the United States and did the same for the Japanese Ambassador.

Although the unit started as a Scottish American fraternity, the 79th without knowing it set themselves up to take part in nearly every major engagement of the Civil War and became one of the most known and travelled regiments in the Union Army.

During the Civil War the New York 79th Regiment lost "3 officers and 116 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 78 enlisted men to disease".


Resident in Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD as 1st Lieutenant 79th NYSM.2

Jun 1864

Married Mary C Brashear in Baltimore, MD.3

"Tarnished Scalpels:  The Court-Martials of Fifty Union Surgeons" by Jack D Welsh and Thomas P Lowery  June 2000

about 1866

Birth of daughter Kate A McLetchie.7

13th Oct 1867

Died in USA.3

New York City Death Notices, New York Herald 16 Oct 1867
US Veterans Gravesites Transcriptions
"Tarnished Scalpels:  The Court-Martials of Fifty Union Surgeons" by Jack D Welsh and Thomas P Lowery  June 2000

Other facts


Buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, New York.4,5


  • Witness to:  Robert Glencross  & Agnes McLetchie   Married  9 Feb 1860  Maryhill, Glasgow

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