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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 the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted in Company D, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 August 1862.

The remainder 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, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information and his picture from Porter1 and Bates2. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.

Place of Birth: County Cavan, IRELAND    
Death Date: 05/01/1902    Death Place: New Castle, PA    Burial Place: 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]

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