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Federal (USV)


John B. Beakes

(c. 1844 - ?)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company B, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 13 August 1862 and mustered as Private on 25 August.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Showman Farm Hospital, Sharpsburg, MD. He was transferred to Company A, 21st Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps on 1 September 1863, and returned to the 13th Infantry on 31 March 1864. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 April 1865, and mustered out of service with his Company on 8 June 1865.

After the War

In 1866 he was living in Hoboken, NJ. By 1901 he was working as a nurse at the National Home for Disabled Soldiers (Eastern Branch) at Togus, ME, and by 1905 he was a guard there. At the 1920 US Census he was living in Kennebec, ME.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1, who has him as John B. Beas or Beaks. Service from Stryker.2 Details from The Official Register of the United States for 1901, 1905.


c. 1844 in NJ


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. 127  [AotW citation 16343]

2   State of New Jersey, Adjutant-General's Office, and William S. Stryker, Adjutant General, Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Trenton: John L. Murphy, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1876, pg. 633  [AotW citation 17263]