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J.A. Suiter

J.A. Suiter

Federal (USA)


James Anthony Suiter

(1816 - 1906)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 34th New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

"I was born in the village of Herkimer in the yellow house which stood on the lot now occupied by A. B. Klock, near the bridge over the hydraulic canal on German street, on the 29th day of April 1816. Herkimer has been my home since that time. I have been absent from the village less than four years including the time when I was in the United States service during the Civil war."

He was a veteran of the Mexican War, having served as 2d Lieutenant, Co. E, 1st NY Volunteers. As of 1860 he was running a harness and saddlery shop in Herkimer. He "converted it into a recruiting station" during 1861, then mustered into active service as Lt. Colonel of the 34th NY Infantry in June. He was appointed Colonel in March 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned in January 1863, and returned to his business in Herkimer.

References & notes

Biographical sources are: Suiter, James A., Buildings in Herkimer Seventy Years Ago (speech), before the Herkimer County Historical Society, November 10, 1896 - transcribed by Dick Nabinger and posted online as part of the USGenWeb Project, along with an obituary and G.A.R. Post history compiled online by Sue Greenhagen.

The photo above from the NY Military Museum.1

The Suiter Building (1884), now the home of the Herkimer County Historical Society museum, was named for the Colonel.


4/29/1816; Herkimer, NY


01/13/1906 Herkimer, NY


1   State of New York, and Division of Military & Naval Affairs, New York State Military Museum, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /reghist/civil/infantry/34thInf/34thInfPersonSuiter.htm  [AotW citation 924]