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J.D. Loades

J.D. Loades

Federal (USV)


James D. Loades

(c. 1835 - ?)

Home State: Maryland

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private, Company I, 2nd Maryland Infantry on 1 (or 3) September 1861 at Camp Carroll in Baltimore and was appointed Sergeant the next day. He was detailed as regimental clerk from June to at least August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the side in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at US Army hospitals in Frederick, MD from 1 October 1862 to 27 January 1863. He was promoted to Sergeant Major of the regiment on 1 March 1863 and by October 1863 he was acting Adjutant. He was docked 2 month's pay by a General Court Martial (charge not known) in December 1863, but reenlisted on 1 January 1864 and was given a 30 day furlough from April 20.

He was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company A, mustered at that rank on 24 October 1864, and was again acting Adjutant from January to May 1865. He was promoted to Captain of Company C on 11 May 1865 and was detailed as Brigade Inspector in June. He mustered out of service on 17 July 1865.

References & notes

Service information from his Compiled Service Records1 via fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 He's also seen as James D. Loads. His picture from a carte-de-visite offered for sale by the Excelsior Brigade in 2021.

He's also seen in an 1865 group photograph with other officers of the regiment.


c. 1835; Shropshire, ENGLAND


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26429]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #341, 1.239  [AotW citation 26430]