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Federal (USA)


John McCleary

(1831 - 1868)

Home State: Ohio

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1854;Class Rank: 46th

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st and 6th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

He graduated from West Point and was brevetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd United States Infantry on 1 July 1854 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 6th US Infantry on 26 March 1855. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 5 June 1860 and to Captain on 17 May 1861, having had duty in the Dakotas, Utah, Nevada, and California. He came east, to Washington, DC in December 1861 and was on the Peninsular and Manassas Campaigns of 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company H of the 6th US Infantry on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevet to Major on 2 July 1863 for his actions at Gettysburg, PA. He was afterward on garrison and recruiting duty in New York to 1866.

After the War

He continued in the Army, posted at Greenville, Newberry, and Charleston, SC, where he died in February 1868.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum;2 his Cullum number is 1676. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/17/1831; Hamilton, OH


02/25/1868; Charleston, SC; burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, OH


1   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. 655  [AotW citation 29127]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pg. 603  [AotW citation 29128]