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A.J.. Speese

A.J.. Speese

Federal (USV)


Andrew Jackson Speese

(1842 - 1908)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company H, 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry on 17 August 1861. He was wounded at Accotink, VA on 14 October 1861.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal on 25 November 1862. He mustered out with his Company on 24 August 1864.

After the War

He worked for the Reading Railroad for 25 years, and was later president of the Black Diamond Coal Company, and of the Franklin Trust Company in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Regimental History Committee and contributed to their 1905 publication1. He wrote the Story of Companies H, A and C, Third Pennsylvania Cavalry: At Gettysburg, July 3, 1863 in 1906, in a word battle with William Brooke Rawl, who then wrote A Refutation ... of Certain False Statements Made by Corporal Andrew Jackson Speese Regarding the History of the Third ... (1907).

References & notes

Basic information, his presence at Antietam, and his picture from Rawle1 with some details from Bates2. Life dates and further information in an obituary on his gravesite on Findagrave.


03/14/1842; Shippensburg, PA


02/20/1908; Germantown, PA


1   Rawle, William Brooke, and Regimental History Committee, History of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Sixtieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the American Civil War, 1861-1865, Philadelphia: Franklin Printing Company, 1905, pp. xxix, 119 - 125  [AotW citation 13541]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13549]