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Federal (USV)


John H. A. Alpers

(1837 - 1872)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old clerk in St. Paul, he mustered as Private, Company A, First Minnesota Infantry on 22 May 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 24 March 1864 and was promoted to Corporal in the First Battalion after the original First Minnesota mustered out of service. He was captured at Petersburg, VA (date not given and held first at Andersonville, GA. He was transferred to a camp at Miliken, GA on 31 October 1864. He was exchanged and promoted to Sergeant in April 1865 and mustered out with his unit on 2 May 1865.

After the War

He enlisted in the Regular Army, 33rd US Infantry, in October 1866 and reenlisted in the 15th US Infantry in November 1869. He died of dysentery in Little Rock, AR on 3 September 1872.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars2 with details from Barden & Jorgenson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1837 in GERMANY


09/03/1872; Little Rock, AR; burial in Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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. 114  [AotW citation 16126]

2   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 50  [AotW citation 20261]

3   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/7  [AotW citation 20262]