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J. Dickinson

J. Dickinson

Federal (USV)


Joseph Dickinson

(1830 - 1904)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: AAG

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: First Army Corps

Before Antietam

A Philadelphia merchant he enrolled as First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry on 1 June 1861. He was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) of Volunteers on 22 August 1861, and assigned to General Hooker's staff. He was wounded in action at Williamsburg, VA on 5 May and at Fair Oaks, VA on 1 June 1862. He was promoted to Major on 22 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Assistant Adjutant General, Federal First Army Corps on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 10 November 1862. He was noted for rescuing civilians, including members of the Chancellor family from their burning house at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was again wounded, at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1864. He resigned his commission due to disability from wounds on 26 January 1864. He was honored by brevets 13 March 1865 to Lieutenant Colonel for Williamsburg and Antietam, Colonel, and Brigadier General for Gettysburg.

After the War

He lived in Washington, DC by 1893.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1. His photograph from the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2 (one also at the Library of Congress). His gravesite is on Findagrave. Further details from Hamersly3.

More on the Web

See a fine Alexander Gardner photograph c. 1863 of him with other members of Hooker's staff - including observer Ferdinand von Zeppelin - from Stacey Palmer on her tumblr Civil War Parlor.


12/25/1830; Philadelphia, PA


04/26/1904; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


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. 372  [AotW citation 14661]

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. 72, pg. 3575  [AotW citation 14662]

3   Hamersly, Lewis Randolph, Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, Philadelphia: Hamersly, L.R & Co., 1893, pg. 78  [AotW citation 14663]