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Federal (USV)


John Savin Appleton

(1833 - 1908)

Home State: Delaware

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 27 year old day laborer in New Castle, DE. He enlisted in Wilmington, DE as a Private in Company I, First Delaware Infantry on 2 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was detailed to the Ambulance corps from November into March 1863. He was wounded in the shoulder at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and was in the Mower US Army General Hospital in Philadelphia for more than a year, to at least June 1864. He then attended the Military School for Applicants for Command of Colored Troops in Philadelphia and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 31st US Colored Troops on 27 September 1864. He resigned that commission on 30 April 1865.

After the War

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Veteran Volunteers on 14 September 1865 and mustered out with them on 18 Febraury 1866. He was then appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 19th United States Infantry on 19 April 1866 and promoted to First Lieutenant on 18 November 1867. He was unassigned - without a billet - on 31 March 1869 and mustered out of service on 1 January 1871.

By 1880 he was a steamboat clerk at Wilmington, DE and in 1900 was a sewing machine repairer there.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, Heitman,2 and Henry.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary M Turner (1838-1891) in 1857 and they had 2 children.


04/22/1833 in DE


12/08/1908; Wilmington, DE; burial in Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, DE


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28913]

2   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. 168  [AotW citation 28914]

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. 239  [AotW citation 28915]