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Federal (USV)


John I. Connolly

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 128th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Reading on 7 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company H, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 15 August in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was discharged on a on Surgeon's Certificate of disability on 1 February 1863.

After the War

He was a speaker at the dedication of the 137th Pennsylvania Infantry's memorial on the Antietam battlefield on 17 September 1904 (the 128th's went up the next year). He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - Post 158 in Bethel and Post 87 in Allentown - and attended many veteran's events, including the massive 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg in 1913. He died the next year in Allentown at age 73.

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 His wound from Nelson.3


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23930]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg  [AotW citation 23931]

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. 170  [AotW citation 23932]