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Federal (USV)

Sergeant

John A. Osborn

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

Enlisted as Sergeant in Company E, 2nd Maryland Infantry on 9 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds on 21 September 1862.

After the War

His memorial at Aberdeen reads:

In memory of John A. Osborn color bearer of the 2nd Maryland regiment son of Theodore H. & Adalisa M. Osborn. Was born Feb 17th 1843 & was wounded on the 17th of Sept. 1862 in the battle of Antietam Creek, MD & died on the 21st, aged 19 years 7mo and 5 days.
The Flag he held he clung to most
He fell like a soldier he fell at his post
The stars that gem the azure fold,
May cease awhile to shine
But tremble not the arm that holds
The flagstaff is divine.

References & notes

Basic information from Wilmer1.

Birth

02/17/1843

Death

09/21/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Aberdeen Proving Ground Cemetery, Aberdeen, MD

Notes

1   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, pp. 88 - 100  [AotW citation 13021]