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Federal (USV)


John Cody Pratt

(1839 - 1910)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 21 year old farmer on his parent's place at Aurora in Erie County, NY. He enlisted on 1 May 1861 in Buffalo, NY to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company K, 21st New York Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 July and Sergeant on 1 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in his left leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was still in a hospital in Washington, DC as late as 10 April 1863 and mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863. He enlisted again, on 8 April 1865 as a Private in Company F, 8th US Veteran Volunteers and was discharged on 7 April 1866.

After the War

By 1875 and to at least 1910 he farmed his own place in Aurora.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and his New York Muster Roll Extract, online from fold3, with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birth in 1840, the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1900 and 1910, and the New York State Census of 1875. His death date and service in the 8th USVV from his pension index card. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/24/1839; Aurora, NY


04/22/1910; Aurora, NY; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, East Aurora, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 272  [AotW citation 28248]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 294  [AotW citation 28249]