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Federal (USV)


James Kinsella

(1839 - 1921)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 71st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America with his family from County Wicklow in 1850. On 1 July 1861 he enlisted in Philadelphia, and on 23 August mustered as a Private in Company M, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry in Washington, DC. He transferred to Company C on 29 July 1862 at the regimental reorganization.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right side in action in the West Woods at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the 2nd Corps field hospital on the Hoffman farm at Sharpsburg and then at a hospital in Baltimore to January 1863. He was captured in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and held at the prison on Belle Island, Richmond, VA. He was paroled to the camp at Annapolis, MD then exchanged, returning to duty. He transferred to Company E, 69th Pennsylvania Infantry on 12 June 1864 when the 71st mustered out. He was briedly assigned as an Orderly Nurse in the Division Hospital in August, and was discharged on 26 October 1864.

After the War

He was a career police officer in Baltimore, MD. He lived in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Elizabeth City, VA from September 1900 until about a week before his death in 1921.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1 with service basics from Bates2 and his veteran's card; all have him as James Kensella. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Bruce Ingram for the pointer to Kinsella via Civil War Talk.

He married Hannah Moffett (-1905) in Baltimore in 1867 and they had six children together.

More on the Web

See much more about Private Kinsella and his life on Searching for James Kinsella - Irish Yankee from great granddaughter Margaret F. Ingram and her family, source of further details above.


03/15/1839; County Wicklow, IRELAND


03/27/1921; Baltimore, MD; burial in Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore, MD


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. 273  [AotW citation 21857]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. II, pg. 809  [AotW citation 21858]