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Federal (USV)


John Stephen Oberrender

(1829 - 1905)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He emigrated with his family to the US in 1840, and they settled in Conyngham, PA. He enrolled on 23 September 1861 in Company E, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, as First Lieutenant.

On the Campaign

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

The conduct of Lieutenant Byrnes, commanding Company I, and Lieutenant Oberrender, commanding Company E, was most praiseworthy. at the head of their companies their courageous example was most conspicuous.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action in the Wilderness near Salem Church, VA on 3 May 1863. He was discharged 22 September 1864, at the expiration of his term.

After the War

He was Sheriff of Luzerne County at Wilkes Barre 1882-85.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Details from Colonel Cake’s Official Report and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


09/04/1829; Coburg, Bavaria, GERMANY


09/26/1905; Luzerne County , PA; burial in Conyngham Union Cemetery, Conyngham, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15353]