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Federal (USV)


John Thayer

(c. 1844 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old farmer in North Hadley, MA, he enlisted in Worcester as a Private in Company F, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Satterlee US Army General Hospital in Philadelphia and was discharged from the 21st Massachusetts on 5 December 1862 to enlist there as a Private in Company M of the First United States Cavalry. He was listed as a deserter on 27 June 1863, with no later record.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1, his Compiled Service Records via fold3, and the Registers.2


c. 1844; Boston, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 626  [AotW citation 26471]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 142, pg. 842  [AotW citation 26472]