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Federal (USV)


John Durbin Sadler

(1837 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Dickinson College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

A farmer in York Springs, Adams County, he mustered into service as Corporal, Company K, 1st Pennsylvania Reserves on 8 June 1861. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant in August 1861.

On the Campaign

Then age 25, he was killed while commanding his Company in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His body was first taken to Middletown, MD, then returned by Lt. Minnigh of his Company to York Springs for burial.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and Sypher.2 Details from the Adams County Historical Society. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Son of William Richard Sadler (1816-1853), former Pennsylvania State Senator.

More on the Web

See Lt. Minnigh's story of his own medical treatment and of getting Sadler's body home after the battle, from a feature by H. William Sacks in the Gettysburg Times of 12 December 1990.




09/14/1862; Turner's Gap, MD; burial in Hampton Union Cemetery, Hampton, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 22696]

2   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pp. 374, 574  [AotW citation 22697]