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Federal (USA)


Joseph Henry Van Derslice

(1828 - 1894)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Battalion Adjutant

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th United States Infantry, Second Battalion

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company A, Battalion of Engineers, USA, on 30 January 1851. He was promoted to Artificer, Corporal (1855), and Sergeant (1856) before being discharged on 28 August 1861 to accept a commission. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 14th United States Infantry to date from 14 May 1861, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 24 October.

On the Campaign

He was with the Second Battalion of the 14th Infantry in Maryland, probably as Adjutant. He was later honored by brevet to Captain for "gallant and meritorious service" at Antietam.

After the War

He was cashiered from the service on 10 May 1865, but reinstated 27 Dec 1865 with his former date of rank. He was promoted to Captain on 22 March 1866, and served on the Pacific Coast. He retired for disability on 23 April 1879.

References & notes

Military service dates from Heitman.1. Details from Colonel T.M. Anderson's sketch Fourteenth Regiment of Infantry in Rodenbough's Historical Sketches of Staff and Line ... (1896), and from his death notice in the New York Times of 1 March 1894. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Vanderslice.

He signed his name Van Derslice, as on this oath of office he witnessed in August 1862.


06/29/1828; Philadelphia, PA


02/27/1894; Peekskill, NY; 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. 981  [AotW citation 14901]