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J.M. Lancaster

J.M. Lancaster

Federal (USV)


John Moore Lancaster

(1843 - 1913)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Corporal in Company E, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 22 August 1862.

On the Campaign

Camped at Young Ladies Seminary building in Urbana, MD on 16 September 1862. Noted for recording his name or other graffiti on the walls there.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action on 29 October 1864, probably at Peebles' Farm, VA. Promoted to Sergeant on February 28, 1865; mustered out with Company, June 2, 1865.

After the War

His right eye was damaged by a gun exploding near him in battle during the war, and 30 years later the eye was surgically removed. He was a resident of Hazelwood, PA by 1910.

References & notes

Basic information and his picture from Porter1, details from Bates2. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.


1843 in PA


05/18/1913 Allegheny County, PA; burial in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA


1   Porter, John T. , Financial Secretary, and Charles F. McKenna, compiler & editor, Under the Maltese Cross, Antietam to Appomattox, the Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865: Campaigns of the 155th Pennsylvania Regiment, Pittsburgh: 155th Regimental Association, 1910, pp. 68 - 76  [AotW citation 13562]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13621]