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Federal (USV)


John R. Begg

(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

From Portland, he enlisted in Company G, 7th Maine Infantry at age 18, mustering on 21 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in action on 17 September 1862, losing an arm while carrying a regimental guidon. He and the other "guidon boy" George Williams were ordered to the rear prior to the charge that afternoon, but had "snuck back" to the unit.

References & notes

Basic information from the casualty list1. His actions at Antietam from Greek Cross2. Enlistment data from Appendix D to the Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine (December 1861).


c. 1843


1   Hyde, Thomas W., Casualties in the Seventh Maine Regiment in the Battle of Antietam, Lewiston Falls (Maine) Journal, 1862-10-02  [AotW citation 6663]

2   Hyde, Thomas Worcester, Following the Greek Cross or Memories of the Sixth Army Corps, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894, pg. 100  [AotW citation 14233]