(1843 - 1862)
Home State: Maryland
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Maryland Infantry
Enlisted as Sergeant in Company E, 2nd Maryland Infantry on 9 August 1861.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
The rest of the War
He died of wounds on 21 September 1862.
After the War
His memorial at Aberdeen reads:
In memory of John A. Osborn color bearer of the 2nd Maryland regiment son of Theodore H. & Adalisa M. Osborn. Was born Feb 17th 1843 & was wounded on the 17th of Sept. 1862 in the battle of Antietam Creek, MD & died on the 21st, aged 19 years 7mo and 5 days.
The Flag he held he clung to most
He fell like a soldier he fell at his post
The stars that gem the azure fold,
May cease awhile to shine
But tremble not the arm that holds
The flagstaff is divine.
References & notes
Basic information from Wilmer1.
09/21/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Aberdeen Proving Ground Cemetery, Aberdeen, MD