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Federal (USV)


John C. Way

(c. 1839 - 1918)

Home State: West Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th West Virginia Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted at age 21 in Company C, 7th West Virginia Infantry on 7 August 1861 at Sistersville, and was appointed Corporal. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 4 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in the Satterlee Army Hospital, Philadelphia, PA until returning to his Company on 1 November 1862. He was wounded slightly in action at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863. He was wounded again, in the right hip, in action at Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA on 12 May 1864. He was at the Columbia College Hospital, Washington, DC to 17 November 1864. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 27 September 1864 and promoted Captain on 17 November 1864. He was with his Company through January 1865 and was noted as being in command of the Regiment in February 1865 on the Petersburg Campaign. He was discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability on 16 March 1865.

After the War

He applied for a pension in 1866 and an increase in 1910, at which time his hip wound was still not entirely closed. He died a widower in Sistersville at age 79 in 1918.

References & notes

Basic information from the Adjutant General1. Details, including service record pages and a 1910 pension medical examination kindly provided [PDF] by great great granddaughter Janice Elaine Ramsey Lear. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1839; Belmont County, OH


10/15/1918; Sistersville, WV; burial in Salisburry Cemetery, Sistersville, WV


1   State of West Virginia, Adjutant General's Office, and Francis P. Peirpoint, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of West Virginia for the Year ending December 31, 1864, Wheeling: John McDermot, Public Printer, 1865, pp. 196, 221  [AotW citation 15719]