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J. Ashbrook

J. Ashbrook

Federal (USV)


Joseph Ashbrook

(1840 - 1918)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 118th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was in Company C, enlisting as Sergeant on 4 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 20 September 1862 - shot in the stomach and thigh.

The rest of the War

He returned to the regiment at Falmouth, Virginia in February, though perhaps not fully recovered. He was promoted 2nd Lieutenant, Company K, on 26 March 1863, 1st Lieutenant in June 1864, and to Captain of Company H on 8 November 1864. He later served on the staff of General Bartlett - his Brigade Commander, and by War's end was Ordnance Officer for the 1st Division, 5th Army Corps (General Griffin). He took charge of the surrendered Confederate ordnance at Appomattox in April 1865, and mustered out with his Company on 1 June.

After the War

He was in insurance in Philadelphia. In 1889 he was appointed "manager of the insurance department of the Provident Life and Trust Company", and by 1910 was Vice President.

References & notes

Basic information and his photograph from Smith1, with personal details from Who's Who in Pennsylvania, 1904 and census data collected online by Douglas Ewbank on his Powelton History Blog and related pages.


08/04/1840; Philadelphia, PA


08/11/1918 Philadelphia, PA


1   Smith, John L., and Survivor's Association, History of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, Map Publisher, 1905, pp. 73, after 496, 643, 694  [AotW citation 1986]