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Federal (USV)


James J. Foy

(1841 - 1898)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 106th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private, Company B, 22nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 April 1861 and mustered out with them on 7 August 1861 in Philadelphia. He then enlisted as Corporal, Company H, 106th Pennsylvania Infantry on 2 September 1861. He was appointed Sergeant on 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

At Antietam on 17 September 1862:

Arriving at a fence, running at right angles to the Hagerstown pike across the open field north of the Dunker Church, an effort was made to rally and check the advance of the now elated enemy, who were emerging from the woods in large numbers. Here Sergeant Benjamin F. Sloanaker, of Company C, Color Sergeant, and with Sergeants Rose and Foy of Company H, planted the colors on the fence and called upon the Regiment to "rally on the colors".

The rest of the War

He was appointed First Sergeant on 24 February 1863. He was captured near Petersburg on the Jerusalem Plank Road on 22 June 1864 and was a prisoner at Andersonville, GA and Libby Prison, Richmond, VA until 11 December 1864. He was discharged on 31 March 1865.

After the War

He was a molder in Sacramento, CA until 18 October 1895 when he was admitted to the Pacific Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Sawtelle, CA.

References & notes

Basic information and the quote above from Ward,1 who also has an excellent post-war photo of Foy. His service in the 22nd Infantry from Bates.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1841; Philadelphia, PA


07/01/1898; Sawtelle, CA; burial in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA


1   Ward, Joseph R. C., History of the One-Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia: Grant, Faires & Rogers, 1906, pp. 105, 352  [AotW citation 21547]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 203  [AotW citation 21548]