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Federal (USV)


John W. Kelly

(c. 1842 - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 19 years, he enlisted at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company E, 69th New York Infantry on 16 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Antietam on 17 September with his Company and Major Cavanaugh later wrote ...

Among the privates who also distinguished themselves during the action, I also recommend Patrick O'Neil, of Company C, and John Kelly, of Company --; and of the non-commissioned staff, Sergt. Major Patrick Callahan, who on the field behaved with great gallantry.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Sergeant on 18 September 1862, but was killed in action 13 December 1862 at Fredricksburg, VA.

References & notes

Service from the New York Adjutant General.1 His performance at Antietam from Major James Cavanagh's Official Report.


c. 1842


12/13/1862; Fredericksburg, VA


1   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 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 174  [AotW citation 18243]