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J. Blaker

J. Blaker

Federal (USV)


John Blaker

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He mustered into service in Company E, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves as First Sergeant on 31 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the shoulder and leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Showman Farm Hospital at Sharpsburg, and in Philadelphia, PA, but died of his wounds on 26 September 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Casualty details from Nelson2, who has him as John Blacker. His photograph from a "collage of 87 bust view images of members of the Company" made in the 18880/90s and offered for sale by the Horse Soldier, Gettysburg. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Steve Maczuga for publishing Bates' information in his excellent database.


1841; Southampton, PA


09/26/1862; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Holmesburg Baptist Church Cemetery, Holmesburg, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11462]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 133  [AotW citation 16393]