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Federal (USV)


John P. McVeane

(1843 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Soldier

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted at Buffalo on 21 August, at age 18, and mustered into Company D of the 49th Infantry as Sergeant.1

The rest of the War

He was reduced to the ranks on 18 November 1862, was promoted to Corporal on 2 January 1863, and sergeant again, immediately following heroic action at Salem Church in May 1863. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 16 October 1863, and was killed in action in The Wilderness on 10 May 1864. In 1870 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Salem Chuch.1

More on the Web

See also, his gravesite, pictured online from HomeOfHeroes.


1843; Toronto, CANADA


5/10/1864; near Fredericksburg, VA; burial in McVeane plot, Forest Lawn Cemetery,Buffalo, NY


1   Brooks, T. W., 49th NY Medal of Honor Recipient (John P. McVeane), Western Maryland Heritage Foundation, first accessed 21 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 185]