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Federal (USV)


John G. Fairchild

(1840 - 1906)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He served as a Private from 18 April 1861, in Company B, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (3 months service), then re-enlisted for 3 years as Sergeant at age 25 (sic) on 6 June 1861. He was promoted First Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

Our brave Orderly Sergeant, Fairchild, sticks doggedly to his position, his face streaming blood. [17 September 1862 at Antietam].

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863, and afterward absent in hospital. He mustered out on 13 July 1864.

After the War

He was listed as living in Perry, OH at the time of the Regimental Reunion at Gettysburg in September 1887.

References & notes

Basic information from the State Roster1. His role at Antietam from Galwey2, quoted above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


03/02/1840 in VT


05/03/1906; Perry, OH; burial in Perry Township Cemetery, Perry, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pg. 240  [AotW citation 14874]

2   Galwey, Thomas Francis, and W.S. Nye, editor, The Valiant Hours, Harrisburg (PA): The Stackpole Company, 1961, pg. 41  [AotW citation 14875]