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J.J. Whitman

J.J. Whitman

Federal (USA)


John J. Whitman

(c. 1832 - 1862)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

City Auditor of Lansing in 1860, he was 29 years old when he enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company B, 2nd United States Sharpshooters on 25 August 1861. He was mustered and commissioned on 5 October in Detroit.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 - his leg was "shot off" - and he died the next day at a field hospital in Keedysville, MD.

References & notes

Service from the Michigan Adjutant General.1 Wound detail from Nelson.2 His occupation from Durant's History of Ingham and Eaton Counties, Michigan (1880). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Brian White from his collection.

More on the Web

His wartime letters are in the collection of the Michigan Library [record].


c. 1832


09/18/1862; Keedysville, MD; burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915  [AotW citation 25032]

2   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. 436  [AotW citation 25033]