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Confederate (CSV)


John P. Cavanagh

(? - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted about 1 December 1861 in Company F, 17th South Carolina Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot to the left thigh and abdomen, and was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

The gunshot had broken his left thigh bone, gone through his bladder, and lodged in the lower right part of his pelvic bone. He was treated at a field hospital on or near the battlefield, then admitted to US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 9 October, but he died of wounds there on 15 October. He was originally buried "along the west side and in [Mt Olivet] cemetery at Frederick [Maryland]" and possibly reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.

References & notes

Original cemetery and basic unit information from the Mt Olivet burial list.1 Medical and death details from his case in the MSHWR 2 as J. P. Cavanagh. Burial quote and relocation to Hagerstown from Pruitt3 as J. P. Conough, Company I. The Roll 4 has him as John Cavery. His memorials at Hagerstown and Frederick are on Findagrave.

His Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database have him as Sergeant J.P. Caveny.


10/15/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


1   Farino, Greg, and J. Ronald Pearcey, superintendent, Confederate Soldiers buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010  [AotW citation 5070]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 295  [AotW citation 21495]

3   Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010  [AotW citation 4625]

4   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Company F, Seventeenth Regiment Infantry  [AotW citation 22091]