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Federal (USV)


John H. Fralick

(1834 - 1919)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

Age 25, he enrolled on 1 May 1861 as First Lieutenant of Company B, 34th New York Infantry. He was detailed to the Signal Corps in August 1861.

On the Campaign

On 4 September 1862 he was sent to Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry ...

On Friday, September 12th, general headquarters were moved from Middlebrook to a point near Urbana. Lieut. Fralich on that night opened a station at Point of Rocks. He gave the first report of the occupation of Maryland Heights by the enemy. He was made aware of this fact by the display of a rebel signal flag on that eminence.
On the morning of 18 September 1862 he was with Captain Fisher on or near the battlefield of Antietam, but was sent back to Maryland Heights later that day.

The rest of the War

By the end of September he was very ill, and resigned his commission in the 34th Infantry on 3 December 1862.

On 23 February 1864 he enrolled again, as Captain of Company M, 2nd New York Mounted Rifles at Little Falls and was appointed Major of the regiment on 26 August. He was discharged for disability on 28 January 1865.

After the War

By 1900 and to at least 1910 he was retired and living in Seneca Falls, NY, where he was featured in his hometown newspaper in 1916.

References & notes

His basic service from the State of New York1 with details from Brown,2 source of the quote above, as John H. Fralich. Maryland Campaign events from Captain B.F. Fisher's Report. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1900 and 1910.


12/1834; Little Falls, NY


04/29/1919; Seneca Falls, 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 1900, Ser. No. 22, pg. 195  [AotW citation 28676]

2   Brown, J. Willard, The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, Boston: U.S. Veteran Signal Corps Association, 1896, pp. 325, 327, 377, 773  [AotW citation 28677]