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J. McQuade

J. McQuade

Federal (USV)


James McQuade

(1829 - 1885)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He had joined the local militia - the Utica Citizens Corps - in 1847, and was appointed their Captain in 1853. He studied the law, but did not practice, was a bank clerk, and was bookkeeper of the family's Gulf Brewery. He was elected to the County Board of Supervisors in 1855 and 1856, and to the State Assembly in 1859.

When the war began he enrolled along with his Citizen Corps at Utica on 23 April 1861, as Captain, but he was elected Colonel and mustered into the 14th New York Infantry on 17 May.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his regiment at the end of their term of service on 24 May 1863 in Utica.

After the War

He returned to Utica, was elected Mayor in March 1866, and served a one-year term. He was active in the Grand Army of the Republic and was on the board of the Utica State Hospital.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and the Adjutant General.2. Personal details from a bio sketch by Frank Tomaino in the Utica Observer-Dispach of 18 July 2019. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a standing photographic portrait at the Library of Congress.

He married Mary E. Barnard and they had 3 children.


04/27/1829; Utica, NY


03/25/1885; burial in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Utica, NY


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. 681  [AotW citation 26141]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 19, pg. 475  [AotW citation 26142]