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Federal (USV)


John Harlan, Jr.

(c. 1836 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Pottsville, age 25, he enlisted on 23 September 1861 in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry as Sergeant Major of the Regiment.

On the Campaign

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

Sergt. Major John Harlan deserves especial mention for the great coolness he displayed in the fight. In forming the lines to renew the charge after the enemy had been routed at the foot of the hill his services were invaluable.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company A on 28 September and promoted to First Lieutenant on 26 October 1862. He was appointed Captain on 1 March 1863. He was cashiered 10 February 1864 (in General Orders No. 3, HQ, Army of the Potomac) for drunkenness on duty and conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline; also announced by the New York Times of 28 February 1864 as a result of his court martial.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1 and his Civil War Veterans' Card. Details from Colonel Cake’s Official Report.


c. 1836


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15356]