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Federal (USV)

Corporal

John A. Kelley

(1838 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 125th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered as Corporal, Company D, 125th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 August 1862.

On the Campaign

On 17 September 1862 at Antietam he ...

fell, mortally wounded, in the early part of the engagement. It is said by his companions that he was bayoneted, before he died, by a rebel who came up with him on the field.

The rest of the War

The day after the battle his body was found by Wm. A.B. Laub, of the same company, who had been detailed to help bury the dead ...
His father Joshua Kelly retrieved his body late in September 1862 and returned it home to Pennsylvania.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates,1 who has him as John Kelley. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of the quotes above from a piece in the Altoona Tribune of 2 October 1862.

Birth

10/19/1838; Hopewell, PA

Death

09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Altoona, PA

Notes

1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. IV, pp. 116 - 117  [AotW citation 1301]