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Federal (USA)


James Maher

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery B

Before Antietam

A 22 year old laborer, he enlisted at Carlisle, PA on 3 May 1860 as a Private in Battery B of the 4th United States Artillery. He may have been promoted to Corporal by September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded/bruised in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital in the Jail Street School in Frederick, MD on 27 September and returned to his unit on 1 November 1862. He reenlisted on 16 July 1864 at Petersburg, VA as a Private.

After the War

He was discharged on 16 July 1867 at Fort Riley, KS, a Corporal. He enlisted again, in Company K, 3rd United States Infantry on 30 September 1867 at Fort Leavenworth, KS but was discharged for disability on 13 March 1869 at Fort Larned, KS, by then a Sergeant.

References & notes

His service and birth details from the Registers.1 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List,2 as James Mehr. He may be the James Maher who died in 1880 and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.


c. 1838; County Westmeath, IRELAND


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 56, pg. 74; Vol. 65, pg. 237  [AotW citation 27439]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #396  [AotW citation 27440]