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Federal (USV)


John Henry

(c. 1842 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old miner in Philadelphia, he enrolled and mustered into service there on 27 August 1861 as Private, Company D, 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

On the Campaign

He was captured on 13 September 1862, probably in a skirmish near Middletown, MD.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner until 1 April 1863. He reenlisted on 31 December 1863 and was promoted to Corporal on 1 March 1865. He transferred to Company D, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 24 July and mustered out with them on 11 August 1865.

References & notes

Service information from the Card File 1 and Bates.2 Middletown skirmish information from James E. Carpenter's A List of the Battles, Engagements, Actions and Important Skirmishes in which the Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry Participated ... (1886).


c. 1842


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23365]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23366]