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Federal (USV)


John S. Downs

(1829 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Company officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

At age 32 he enrolled in the Fourth New York Volunteer Infantry on 22 April 1861 in New York City to serve two years. He was appointed First Lieutenant, Company G, on 25 April 1861 (mustered 7 May), and Captain, Company B, 26 May 1861 when Captain Samuel S. May resigned.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September at Antietam.

References & notes

Basic service data from Phisterer1. His gravesite is online from FindAGrave.




09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, OH


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1744  [AotW citation 1082]