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J.H. Cain

J.H. Cain

Federal (USV)


John Herron Cain

(1838 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a teller at the Pittsburgh Trust Company until 1858, when he moved to St Louis, MO. He went to Chattanooga, TN in early 1860. He returned to Pittsburg in March 1861 and served as a Private in Company K, 12th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months' service from April 1861. He enrolled as Captain in Company C, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 2 September 1862, and was promoted Major of the Regiment to date from the same day.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 31 December 1862 and to Colonel on 22 July 1863. He resigned his commission on 30 August 1863.

After the War

He lived in Franklin, PA, was briefly a teller at the First National Bank, then was in the business of oil production and refining.

References & notes

Basic information and his picture from Porter1, with details from Bates2. More information from a sketch in History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (1890).


11/18/1838; Pittsburgh, PA


04/29/1903 Franklin, PA; burial in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, 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. 719 - 736  [AotW citation 13614]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13637]