Alfred J. Castler (sometimes reported as Kesler or Cosler) was 18 years old when he enlisted in the 115th New York Volunteer Infantry on 11 August 1862, at Glen, New York. He was mustered in as a private in Company A. Like the rest of the regiment he was captured in action, 15 September, and paroled, 16 September 1862, at Harper's Ferry, Virginia and later exchanged. He was wounded in action on 20 February 1864, at Olustee, Florida. On 16 August, 1864, he was wounded a second time and captured in action at Deep Bottom, Virginia. He was paroled, promoted to corporal, and discharged due to wounds on 29 June 1865.
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