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Federal (USV)


John J. Freedley

(c. 1833 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered as First Lieutenant, Company C, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 August 1861 in Harrisburg. He was promoted to Regimental Quartermaster on 17 October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on the morning of 17 September 1862:

Lieut. John J. Freedley, R. Q. M., ventured to the top of a hill that overlooked the rebel batteries to gratify his curiosity in knowing the rebels position. He, however, was satisfied, for he had only been there a moment when a shell from a rebel gun exploded a little above him, a piece of which struck him on the shoulder, inflicting a painful wound. He was taken to the rear and his wound attended to.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission "and went home" on 11 May 1863.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the History,2 source of the quote above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1833


Date not known; burial in Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23204]

2   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pp. 231, 623, 637  [AotW citation 23205]