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Federal (USV)


John Wesley Jacobus


(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18 years. Enlisted August 12, 1861 at New York City; mustered in as Private, Company A, to serve two years.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his company May 20, 1863.

After the War

In the cartage business, he was elected to the NY Board of Aldermen in 1877 and served three terms. In 1883 he was a tax assessor in New York City. By 1890 he was US Marshall for the southern district of New York. Active in the Grand Army of the Republic, he was a candidate for Commander in NY in 1884. He was appointed special Aide-de-Camp at the annual State encampment and as an alternate representative to the National camp in 1918. He was a trustee of the West Side Savings Bank, NYC, in 1919. In 1920 he was listed as the President of Jacobus Trucking.

References & notes

Service data from State of New York1. His presence on the Campaign from Graham2. Further details from New York newspapers, city directories, legislative & legal records, and family genealogists.

More on the Web

A drawing (1880s?) of him is in the collection of the NY Public Library. WorldCat lists a report called Phrenological Character of John W. Jacobus: given at Fowler & Wells' phrenological cabinet, Sept. 23, 1908 / by J.A. Fowler, Practical Phrenologist at the University of California, Los Angeles - Charles E. Young Research Library.


c. 1843 in NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 18 (for the year 1899), pg. 692  [AotW citation 12612]

2   Graham, Matthew John, The Ninth Regiment, New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves), New York: E.P. Coby & Company, Printers, 1900, pg. 313  [AotW citation 12613]