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J.T. Power

J.T. Power

Federal (USV)


Joseph Torrence Power

(1836 - 1886)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Washington and Jefferson College, Class of 1859

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

After college graduation he was principal of the Elizabeth (PA) School District, then went West - to Denver, CO - for his health (1860). He spent a year as Professor of Languages, Pleasant Ridge College, MO (1861). He then returned East, to Pittsburgh, read a "partial course in the law", and was admitted to the bar after one year (1862). He enlisted as First Sergeant in Company E, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 2 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Promoted from 1st Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant on 23 October 1862. He was appointed Captain and Assistant Quarter Master, U.S. Volunteers, on 10 November 1864, serving in Washington, DC, and mustered out on 1 October 1867. He was honored by brevet to Major for his service.

After the War

He was appointed to the US Treasury, was Chief Clerk of the Register's Office by 1870 and of the Department by 1880. He retired in 1882 and returned to the law, with a practice on F Street, NW, in Washington.

References & notes

Basic information and his picture from Porter1, with military dates from Bates2. Further details from a sketch in The Annual of Washington and Jefferson College (PA, 1883). His death date and place from a notice in the The Washington Law Reporter for 13 November 1886.


12/12/1836; Elizabeth, PA


11/04/1886; Washington, DC; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


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. 392 - 436  [AotW citation 13581]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13598]