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J. Bresnahan

J. Bresnahan

Federal (USV)


John Bresnahan

(c. 1839 - 1926)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old farmer from Crawfordville, he mustered as Private, Company A, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA. He was wounded again, in the right arm in action at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, and lost his arm to amputation. He was discharged for wounds on 8 March 1864.

After the War

He was living in Washington, DC by 1899.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service details from the Adjutant General (as Bresneham),2 Brown,3, source also of his picture, and the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as John Bresnehan.


c. 1839


10/04/1926; Washington, DC; burial in Mount Olivet 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. 141  [AotW citation 16619]

2   State of Indiana, Adjutant General's Office, and William H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 8 volumes, Indianapolis: (various) State Printers, 1865-1869, Vol. 4, pg. 614  [AotW citation 18356]

3   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pp. 10, 141, 568  [AotW citation 18371]