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Federal (USV)


John Amrein

(1832 - 1925)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, 28th Ohio Infantry on 13 June 1861 at age 29. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 October.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the knee and shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring Hospital at Sharpsburg, MD. He was promoted to Captain, Company B, on 1 October 1862, and resigned on 24 September 1863. He was commissioned Captain, 4th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) to date from 28 October 1863.

After the War

In 1866 he was in Louisiana. He served there as provost marshall at Opelousas, and as an agent of the Freedman's Bureau in New Orleans. He was discharged on 1 January 1868. He was US Consul to Singapore and at Bremen, Germany. He was living in Philadelphia, PA by 1896, in poor health, and was granted a pension of $50 per month based on his Army service. He was superintendent of the Fayetteville (AR) National Cemetery 1908-09, then at the City Point (VA) National Cemetery (1909-?). By 1921 he was living in Washington, DC and was superintendent of the Soldiers' Home National Cemetery there.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1 who has him as J. Amrein, Pvt, 30th Ohio Infantry. Details from the Roster2, Dean W. Holt's American Military Cemeteries (2nd Ed., 2010), a 1921 City Directory for Washington, DC, and his pension application. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1832 in GERMANY


1925; Washington, DC; burial in US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery, Washington, DC


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 16135]

2   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 3, pp. 311, 328  [AotW citation 16178]