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Federal (USV)


John Hirst

(1835 - ?)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to Philadelphia, PA from Stockport, England, with his parents and brothers in 1847, and they settled near Chester, PA. He was a worker in a textile factory there. About 1856 he moved to Dedham, MA, then Rockville, CT by 1860. He enlisted as Private in Company D, 14th Connecticut Infantry on 20 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his regiment at the Sunken Road on 17 September at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal on 1 October 1863, and Sergeant 10 November 1863. He mustered out with his Company on 31 May 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Page1. His brother Benjamin's wartime letters and journals were published in 1998 in Boys From Rockville: Civil War Narratives (Voices of the Civil War series, U of Tennessee Press); commentary and editing by Robert L. Bee, source of some details above.


10/1835; Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND


1   Page, Charles D., History of the Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Vol. Infantry, Meriden (CT): The Horton Printing Co., 1906, pg. 418  [AotW citation 15312]