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Federal (USV)


John Earle

(c. 1837 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old confectioner in Norristown, he enlisted and mustered on 20 April 1861 as Private, Company D, 4th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months' service at Harrisburg and mustered out with them on 27 July. He enlisted again, on 31 August at Norristown, and mustered as Private, Company D, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 November 1861 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD, and his arm was amputated there by Dr Duffell on the 19th. His arm was re-amputated on 7 February 1863, hospital not given, and he was discharged on 17 March 1863.

After the War

He was given a Federal pension for disability.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Card File,2 also as John Earl. Hospital and surgical details from Nelson3 and the MSHWR.4


c. 1837


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11551]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23189]

3   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. 198  [AotW citation 23190]

4   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. 742  [AotW citation 23191]