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J.C. Audenried

J.C. Audenried

Federal (USV)


Joseph Crain Audenried

(1839 - 1880)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1861;Class Rank: 17

Command Billet: Aide

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Second Army Corps

Before Antietam

He was appointed to the US Military Academy from Pennsylvania in July 1857, and graduated 17th in the June class of 1861, being appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 1st US Cavalry on 24 June. He was appointed First Lieutenant, 3rd Cavalry the same day; reorganized with the regiment to be the 6 Cavalry on 3 August 1861. He was on General Tyler's staff at First Bull Run, in the defenses of Washington (attached to the 2nd US Artillery), and was acting assistant adjutant general (AAAG) of Emory's Cavalry Brigade on the Peninsula Campaign in mid-1862. He was appointed Captain and Aide-de-camp (ADC), Staff Corps on 20 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was an aide to Major General Edwin Sumner on the campaign, and is mentioned in the General's Report. He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam. He was brevetted Captain, USA for his service there.

The rest of the War

He continued as a staff officer with General Sumner at Fredericksburg, was with General US Grant at Vicksburg, and William Tecumseh Sherman to Atlanta and on the March to the Sea.

After the War

He remained in service, with Sherman, for the rest of his life: in the Indian Wars in the West and then in Washington when Sherman became General-in-Chief of the US Army. He was promoted to Captain, 6th Cavalry in July 1866, Lieutenant Colonel (Staff Corps) and ADC to Lt General Sherman in August 1866, and Colonel in 1869.

References & notes

Basic service dates from Heitman1 and Cullum2. His photograph from the USMA c. 1861, in the collection of Gettysburg College.

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11/06/1839; Pottsville, PA


06/03/1880; Washington, DC; burial in USMA Post Cemetery, West Point, NY


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 175  [AotW citation 14563]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, 3rd Ed., Vol. 2, pp. 824-825  [AotW citation 14564]