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J.E. Duryee
J.E. Duryee

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Jacob Eugene Duryee

(1839 - 1918)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Maryland Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted as Private in Company F, 7th New York Militia on 17 April 1861 in New York City. He mustered as First Lieutenant, Company G, 5th New York Infantry (his father Abram's unit) on 9 May 1861 and was promoted to Captain on 8 September 1861. He resigned effective 24 September 1861 to accept appointment on that date as Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Maryland Infantry.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He led the Regiment in assault on the Rohrbach (Burnside) Bridge on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
He resigned his commission on 22 September 1862.

After the War:
He was honored by brevets to Colonel and Brigadier General, USV on 13 March 1865 for gallant and meritorious service.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Phisterer1, and Wilmer2,. He's sometimes seen as J Eugene Duryea. His photograph from one of unknown provenance on Generals and Brevets. Life dates from his memorial stone (photo: Library of Congress) at Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD.

Birth Date: 03/07/1839    
Death Date: 05/25/1918    Burial Place: Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg. MD


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1760  [AotW citation 12943]

2   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, pg. 73  [AotW citation 12944]

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