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Federal (USV)


John Ryan

(1831 - 1907)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He came to America in 1860 and first lived in Philadelphia, PA. About a year later, at age 30, he went to New York City to enlist and mustered as First Sergeant, Company F, 63rd New York Infantry on 19 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the groin in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company H, on 20 November 1862 and First Lieutenant, Company G, on 1 March 1863. He mustered out on 12 June 1863 at Falmouth, VA.

After the War

He became a naturalized US citizen on 2 April 1864 in Philadelphia. He moved to Chicago, IL in 1867 and was a porter, then clerk in the stockyards. He retired as a clerk at the Marshall Field's department store.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1 and Phisterer.2 Life details kindly provided by great-grandson James McCorry. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/10/1831; Limerick, County Tipperary, IRELAND


10/17/1907; Chicago, IL; burial in Ryan - McCorry plot, Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, IL


1   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001  [AotW citation 2363]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 2605  [AotW citation 18798]