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J. Madert
J. Madert

Federal (USA)


Jacob Madert

(c. 1833 - 1917)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd and 10th United States Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He arrived in New York from Prussia on 20 June 1857 in steerage aboard the SS Belgique out of Antwerp. He was 24 years old. He enlisted as a Private, (probably) Company C, 2nd US Infantry, date not known, but may have had pre-War service.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded - struck on the wrist by a part of an artillery shell - on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
He had his left arm (or hand) amputated and was discharged for disability on 2 March 1863.

After the War:
He enlisted as a messenger at the War Department in April 1863, and was there for 54 years until his death, lastly in the office of the Adjutant General of the Army. He was reported to have never taken a sick day.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information and his picture (from a seated portrait) on display in the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor's Center (as of 2015). Death and burial from his gravesite on Findagrave. His birthplace from the Official Register of the United States (Vol. 1, US Department of the Interior, 1892). His arrival in the US from the National Archives, German Immigration Manifests (1850 - 1897) and related online database. Details from his death notice in the Washington Herald of 23 November 1917.

Place of Birth: Cologne, PRUSSIA    
Death Date: 11/21/1917    Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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