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Federal (USV)


Jacob Ausman

(c. 1839 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 59th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, from Jefferson County, he enlisted as a Private in Company G, 59th New York Infantry at Cape Vincent, NY on 19 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was reported missing in action at Antietam with no later military record.

The rest of the War

By February 1863 he was still listed on the Company muster roll as missing since Antietam, but "supposed to be dead."

After the War

In November 1866 his brother Christopher made a statement (deposition) to a local justice of the peace in support of Jacob's widow's application for a pension:

That Peter Ausman, another brother of Deponent [Christopher] was also present at the said time & place [Antietam on 17 Setp 1862]. That the said Jacob was at said battle standing between said Peter and Deponent & Deponent saw him shot down & killed by a missile fired by rebel hands ...
Another witness, Emil A. Dapper, late Captain of Company B, 59th Infantry, testified that he'd also seen Jacob killed, and further, that he'd seen his dead body on the battlefield on 18 or 19 September 1862.

References & notes

Initial Antietam casualty information from Nelson,1 who has him as Jacob Augmon. His service from the Adjutant General,2 as Jacob Ausmon. Details and the quote above from his widow's pension applications, also from fold3.

He married Mary Jane Harvey in May 1855 and they had no children.

His brothers Peter and Christopher, also in Company G, were in action with him at Antietam and both were wounded.


c. 1839


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


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. 118  [AotW citation 16188]

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, Ser. No. 26, pg. 374  [AotW citation 27798]