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Federal (USV)


James Gallagher

(c. 1840 - 1864)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company B, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at age 21 on 17 October 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

Jim Gallagher's head is badly grazed and he rolls, coiled up in a lump, down into a ditch. We thought he was killed, but his brother Charley comes up to us with a bound and a yell, and tells us that Jim's wound is not serious. He has just helped him off. [17 September 1862 at Antietam].

The rest of the War

He was killed in action at Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA "while bearing the colors to the front" on 18 May 1864.

References & notes

Basic information from the State Roster1. His role at Antietam from Galwey2, quoted above.


c. 1840


05/18/1864; Spottsylvania, VA; burial in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA


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. 241  [AotW citation 14876]

2   Galwey, Thomas Francis, and W.S. Nye, editor, The Valiant Hours, Harrisburg (PA): The Stackpole Company, 1961, pp. 42 - 43  [AotW citation 14877]