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J.A. Fox

J.A. Fox

Federal (USV)


John Andrews Fox

(1835 - 1920)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He apprenticed with the firm of Garbett & Wood in Boston and was a civil engineer (1854 - 58). He then practiced as an architect. He enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry on 6 January 1862 and was promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 August 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Regimental Adjutant on 1 Jan 1863, and served as such to the end of the War. He was in all the battles of his term of service but never wounded. Mustered out 26 July 1865.

After the War

He returned to his practice in Boston as an architect, and was known for "stick style" architecture.

References & notes

Basic information from Quint1. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Details from a bio sketch accompanying his family papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society and a post from the Forest Hills Educational Foundation. His photo from a group photo in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2. John's brothers Charles Barnard Fox (13th Mass.) and Thomas Bayley Fox, Jr. (2nd Mass.; MWIA Gettysburg) were also at Antietam.


12/23/1835; Newburyport, MA


05/04/1920; Dorcester, MA; burial in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, MA


1   Quint, Alonzo Hall, The Record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry: 1861-1865, Boston: James P. Walker, 1867, pp. 490 - 506  [AotW citation 14493]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 93, pg. 4752  [AotW citation 14497]