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Federal (USA)


Paul Quirk

(? - 1897)

Home State: Unknown

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd United States Cavalry, Companies E, F, H & K

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private in Company F of the 2nd US Dragoons on 15 April 1852 and was promoted to Corporal in 1853 and Sergeant in 1854. He served in Texas, Kansas, on the Utah Expedition, and in Nebraska. By outbreak of the War in 1861 he was First Sergeant of the Company. His unit was renamed 2nd US Cavalry in August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was 1st Sergeant of Co. F until news arrived 24 September that he'd been appointed 2nd Lieutenant to date from 17 July 1862.

The rest of the War

He was serverely wounded in the leg in action at Beverly Ford in June 1863, and was promoted to !st Lieutenant on 13 February 1864. He received 3 brevets during the War: on 17 September 1862 for service on the Maryland Campaign (to 1st Lieutenant), on 9 June 1863 for action at Beverly Ford, Virginia (Captain), and 13 March 1865 for War service (Major).

After the War

He retired from active service on 5 January 1865, and was given retired rank of Captain, US Army, on 28 July 1866. He continued to serve, however, being on mustering and disbursing duty at New York City from 1865 - 1867, and on General Courts Martial in Richmond until 1869.

References & notes

Basic information from Caughey1, with service details from Heitman2 and Rodenbough3.


Date not known in IRELAND




1   Caughey, Don, Crossed Sabers, first accessed 07 February 2007, <>, Source page: /2011/04/2nd-us-cavalry-in-maryland-campaign.html  [AotW citation 2254]

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. 812  [AotW citation 2263]

3   Rodenbough, Theophilus Francis, From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875, pg. 478  [AotW citation 2264]