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Federal (USV)


John Rose

(c. 1841 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 125th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was an ironworker in Altoona, and lived with and supported his parents. He enlisted and mustered as Private, Company D, 125th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 August 1862.

On the Campaign

Just over a month later he was mortally wounded by gunshot through the bowels in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died the next day (or on 20 September) at the Hoffman Farm field hospital near Sharpsburg, age 21. He was originally buried there, on the battlefield, but his remains were returned to Altoona for reinterment in December 1862.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates,1 who says he was killed outright on 17 September. His wounding from the History 2 with hospital detail from Nelson,3 source also of the 20 September death date. His probable burial place from the Altoona Tribune of 23 December 1862 [clipping]. Further details from John Banks' research in pension records and other sources, in a 2016 blog post. His memorial is on Findagrave.


c. 1841


09/18/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Altoona, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. IV, pp. 117  [AotW citation 1315]

2   Wallace, William W. (Chairman), and the Regimental Committee, History of the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Philadelphia: J.B,. Lippincott Co., 1906, pg. 86  [AotW citation 22105]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 370  [AotW citation 22106]