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Federal (USV)


John W. Acker

(c. 1837 - 1904)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 59th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A moulder by trade, 24 years old, he enlisted on 1 November 1861 at Peekskill to serve three years and mustered in as Private, Cmpany I, 59th New York Infantry on 19 November.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He transferred to Company D on 25 June 1863, re-enlisted as a veteran 21 December, and was captured in action on 22 June 1864, near Petersburg, VA. He was at Libby Prison, Richmond, VA and spent 9 months at Andersonville, GA. He was promoted corporal, date not given, was exchanged in April 1865, and mustered out 14 May 1865 at New York City.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1 with service from the State Roster,2 which also has him as John N. Acker. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1837; Peekskill, NY


04/18/1904; Peekskill, NY; burial in Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery, Van Cortlandtville, NY


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 110  [AotW citation 16082]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Serial No. 26, pg. 368  [AotW citation 16563]