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J. Finnegan

J. Finnegan

Federal (USV)


James Finnegan

(1826 - 1902)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company D, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 August 1862.

The rest of the War

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.

After the War

He had been arrested for intending to desert for home to visit his wife and child in New Castle, PA, on the march to Gettysburg in July 1863, but was released to fight there. He mustered out with his Company, June 2, 1865.

References & notes

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


1826; County Cavan, IRELAND


05/01/1902; New Castle, PA; burial in Saint Mary's Cemetery, New Castle, 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 13569]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13626]