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Federal (USV)


James Casey

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted on 23 September 1861 in Company F, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry as Sergeant.

On the Campaign

Colonel Cake wrote of him on his actions at Crampton's Gap on 14 September 1862:

Sergeant Casey, seizing his sword as he [Lt John Dougherty] fell, valiantly raised it over his head and dashed forward at the head of his company, which never faltered ... Upon the fall of Lieutenant John Dougherty, Sergeant Casey assumed command of Company F, and conducted it through the balance of the day with the coolness of a veteran officer.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company F on 15 September 1862. He was discharged 15 October 1863.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Details from Colonel Cake’s Official Report. He may be buried at Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary Church Cemetery, Shenandoah, Schuylkill County PA.


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15344]