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J.L. Mast

J.L. Mast

Federal (USV)


James L. Mast

(1841 - 1930)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery D

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was an 18 year old plumber in Reading, PA. He enrolled there on 18 April 1861 and mustered as a Private in Company A, 25th Pennsylvania Infantry -the Ringgold Light Artillery - and served as one of the "First Defenders" in Washington, DC. He mustered out with them on 23 July. He enlisted again on 24 September 1861 as a Private in Battery D, Pennsylvania Light Artillery.

On the Campaign

He was with the battery at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal on 1 October 1863 and Sergeant on 1 May 1864. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 24 November 1864 and mustered out with his battery at Philadelphia on 13 June 1865.

After the War

He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd United States Artillery 23 February 1866 and promoted to First Lieutenant on 3 January 1867, but was dropped on 7 June 1878.

By 1898 he was proprietor and editor of the Slatington News in the borough of Slatington, Lehigh County, PA.

References & notes

His service from Bates,1 the Card File,2 Henry,3 and Heitman.4 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860 and 1900, and N. W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual (1898). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by user Capt.

He married Elizabeth Gabriel (1839-1907) in September 1886.


03/27/1841 in VENEUELA


11/09/1930; Elizabeth City County, VA; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 28897]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 28898]

3   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 1, pg. 215  [AotW citation 28899]

4   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. 696  [AotW citation 28900]