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Federal (USV)


John J. Devlin

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered into service in Company E on 19 August 1861. Wounded and captured at New Market Cross Roads, Va. on June 30, 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

Promoted to 2d Lieut. on April 10, 1863 to 1st Lieut. on June 5, 1863 - Discharged on November 7, 1864. After a court martial about the presidential votes cast for McClellan in 1864 by the 69th Pennsylvania, Captain Devlin was discharged from the army. Devlin than went to Norristown, Pa. where he reenlisted in Company E, 69th Pennsylvania as a private. He rejoined the regiment as an enlisted man.

After the War

After the war ended, the other enlisted men in E Company petitioned Governor Curtin to have Devlin reinstated as company commander which he did. [Info. from Michael Kane]

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Thanks to Steve Maczuga for publishing Bates' information in his excellent database.


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11599]