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Federal (USA)


John A. Bixler, Jr.

(1839 - 1885)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery C

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 22 year old gasfitter living with his (widowed?) mother in Easton, PA. He enlisted and mustered on 20 April 1861 as a Private in Company B, First Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months' service. He enlisted again, at Easton, on 7 September 1861, as a Private in Battery C, 5th United States Artillery.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and his arm was amputated the next day.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the US Army General Hospital #3 in the Old Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD on 1 October 1862, and was discharged there for disability on 5 (or 8) December 1862. He began receiving a US pension on 18 December 1862.

After the War

By 1880 he was a laborer in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), PA.

References & notes

His service from the Registers,1 as John A Bexter, and the Card File.2 Medical and hospital details from the Patient List 3 and the MSHWR.4 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sabina Christina Schlough (1841-1919) in January 1865 and they had 5 children.


04/09/1839; Reading, PA


07/10/1885; Mauch Chunk, PA; burial in Easton Cemetery, Easton, PA


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 54, pg. 85  [AotW citation 29401]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 29402]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #142  [AotW citation 29403]

4   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 749  [AotW citation 29404]