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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 Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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 & 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.


c. 1833; Cologne, PRUSSIA


11/21/1917; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA