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Federal (USA)


John Domeyer

(c. 1836 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 5th United States Cavalry

Before Antietam

A 24 (or 22) year old tailor, he enlisted at Carlisle Barracks, PA on 1 August 1860 as a Private in Company D, 2nd United States Cavalry (re-designated 5th US in August 1861).

On the Campaign

He was detailed as orderly to Brigadier General Sturgis (2nd Division, Ninth Army Corps) on the Maryland Campaign. The General later wrote:

One of my orderlies, Private John Dohmeyer, Company D, Fifth Cavalry, was severely, perhaps mortally, wounded by one of our own shells while at my side near the bridge.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD, but died there of wounds on 23 September 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Registers,1 as John Domiers, which have him presumed killed at Antietam. Maryland detail quoted from the General's after-action Report. Hospital and death date details from Nelson,2 as John Domins, citing Army Hospital Corps Register 328 (Record Group 94, NARA).

Johann Domeyer is a likely Bavarian name.


c. 1836; Bavaria, GERMANY


09/23/1862; Keedysville, MD


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 141, pg. 183  [AotW citation 28786]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 190  [AotW citation 28787]