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J. Higgins

J. Higgins

Federal (USA)


Jacob Higgins

(1826 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 125th Pennsylvania Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

At age 35 Higgins enlisted as Captain, Company G, of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, was promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment later the same month, and resigned in October.1

"In July, 1862, Jacob Higgins, a citizen of Blair county, who had served in the Mexican War, in the three months' service, and as Lieutenant Colonel of the first Pennsylvania Cavalry, until January preceding, received authority from Governor Curtin to recruit a regiment for nine months service." He mustered into service as Colonel of the 125th Pennsylvania 16 August 1862.2

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his regiment 18 May 1863.

References & notes

Photograph above is found in Voices3, from an original is in the Massachusetts MOLLUS Collection at the USAMHI, Carlisle Barracks, PA.




1   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 612]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 613]

3   Woodhead, Henry, editor, Voices of the Civil War: Antietam, Alexandria (Va): Time-Life Books, 1996, pg. 92  [AotW citation 614]