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Federal (USV)


Jacob Rusk

(c. 1832 - 1902)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

By age 17 he was a brick maker with his father in Philadelphia, and was in that trade to at least 1860. On 23 January 1862, by then age 28, he enlisted and mustered into service as a Private in Company C, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry in Philadelphia.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the foot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was listed as "not accounted for" on the Company muster-out roll.

After the War

He returned to brick making in Philadelphia, but became a police officer about 1872. On his death in Philadelphia in August 1902:

August 4 - Jacob Rusk, aged 70 years, at his late residence, 2349 North Thirty-first street. Deceased received an appointment on the police force from former Mayor [William S.] Stokely. He resigned 10 years ago to become a special detective at the Broad street station, where he arrested the noted crooks Alec Ritchard and John Kennedy. He served throughout the civil war, being desperately wounded at the battle of Antietam.

References & notes

His service from the Card File 1 and Bates.2 Wound detail from Nelson.3 The quote above from the Philadelphia Times of 10 August 1902. Personal details from family genealogists and the 1850 - 1880 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1832; Philadelphia, PA


08/04/1902; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23603]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23604]

3   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. 373  [AotW citation 23605]