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J. Gloskowski

J. Gloskowski

Federal (USV)


Joseph Gloskowski

(1834 - 1886)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Signal Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Originally from Poland, he had been a baker in Philadelphia, and organized the Society for Polish Refugees in New York City in 1852. He enlisted in the 19th Pennsylvania Infantry in May 1861. He was appointed 1st Lieutenant, Company K, 29th New York Infantry in March 1862, but detached and joined the group of officers serving as the Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac, and served with them on the Peninsula. He was mentioned for bravery at Gaines Mill.1

The rest of the War

He was at Fredericksburg, and, by Gettysburg in July 1863, he was Captain, and attached to the Cavalry Corps of the Army. He was General Kilpatrick's Signal Officer on the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid on Richmond in March 1864. He was offered a Lieutenant's commission (Regular Army) in the Signal Corps, but declined it and resigned on 26 April 1864.1

After the War

By 1886 he was an agent on the Illinois Central Railroad at Radom, IL, and had been the first postmaster of that town.

References & notes

His photograph from Brown1 (opposite pg. 320), thanks to a pointer from Dave Gaddy. Additional details from Who's Who.2 His last name seen as Gloskoski in Federal records.


1834 in POLAND




1   Brown, J. Willard, The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, Boston: U.S. Veteran Signal Corps Association, 1896, roster of the Corps  [AotW citation 189]

2   Bolek, Francis, Who's Who in Polish America, New York, NY: Harbinger House, 1943  [AotW citation 12134]