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Federal (USV)


John Cavanaugh

(c. 1843 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 18 year old glass worker from Boston, he enlisted 25 July 1861 in Company D, 19th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left knee, his leg broken, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Stone House Hospital, Sharpsburg, and in a hospital in Frederick, MD. He reenlisted 20 December 1863 and was appointed Corporal on 17 January 1864. He was wounded again, in action at North Anna River, VA, on 24 May 1864, and mustered out 15 July 1865.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.2


c. 1843


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. 158  [AotW citation 17295]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 436  [AotW citation 17768]