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J.C. Paine

J.C. Paine

Federal (USV)


Jedediah Chase Paine

(1840 - 1926)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

By 1855 he was living in Brooklyn, NY with his father - sea captain Jedediah - mother, and 4 siblings. He was himself a commercial seaman and was visiting Savannah, GA at the start of the war.

He returned north and helped recruit a Company in the Wyoming Valley, NY; he enrolled with them in Brooklyn, NY and mustered as First Lieutenant, Company I, 57th New York Infantry on 14 August 1861. He was detailed to the Signal Corps in March 1862 and assigned to the Second Corps (General Sumner), Army of the Potomac.

On the Campaign

On 14 September 1862 he manned a signal station near General McClellan's headquarters on South Mountain and on 17 September at the Army headquarters station near the battlefield of Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain of his Company in December to date from 17 September 1862 and was appointed Captain, Signal Corps to date from 3 March 1863 (discharged from the regiment on 7 September 1863). He was with General Stoneman's cavalry in 1863 and probably with General Ord to Appomattox Courthouse in April 1865. He was honored by brevets to Major (August 1864) and Lieutenant Colonel (April 1865) for his war service, and mustered out on 21 August 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was a manufacturer in Wilkes-Barre, PA, was later in the oil business there with his brother Louis, and from 1904-1919 owned and ran the Paine Metallic Packing Company in Bridgeport, CT from his home at Harvey's Lake, Luzerne County, PA.

References & notes

His basic service from the New York Adjutant General,1 Brown,2 as J.C. Paine, and Heitman.3 Maryland Campaign details from Major Myer's Report. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870 and 1900, the New York State Census of 1855, and a feature on him in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader in 2018. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a carte-de-visite offered by Dan Morphy Auctions in 2010.

He married Emily Hollenback Urquhart (1844-1877) in October 1863 and they had a son, John Urquhart Paine (1868-1892). He married again, Maria Bennett Hubbell (1860-1932) in 1878 and they had a son, Frank Bennett Paine (1879-1923).


02/25/1840; Perth Amboy, NJ


03/17/1926; Wilkes-Barre, PA; burial in Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, PA


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. 26, pg. 100  [AotW citation 28738]

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. 292, 330, 332, 846  [AotW citation 28739]

3   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 765  [AotW citation 28740]