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J.J. Seaver

J.J. Seaver

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Joel Joshua Seaver

(1822 - 1899)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 37 year old printer in Malone, NY.

The first war meeting in Franklin County was held in Malone April 25th ... Joel J Seaver editor of The Malone Palladium advised the enrolling of a company under the law recently passed by the legislature and was the first to tender his services ... Within a week the company composed of representatives from nearly every town in Franklin County was organized by electing Joel J Seaver Captain ...
At age 38 he was enrolled for Federal service on 3 May 1861 in Malone, and mustered as Captain, Company I, 16th New York Infantry on 15 May. He was prompted to Major on 11 November 1861 and Lieutenant Colonel on 4 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland in 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Colonel of the Regiment on 29 September 1862 following the resignation of Colonel Howland. He was honorably mustered out with his regiment on 22 May 1863. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers in March 1865.

After the War

By 1875 he was again producing the Palladium in Malone, NY. In 1880 he was the postmaster there.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and the Adjutant General.2 The quote above from Curtis.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880, and the New York Census of 1875. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

He married Anna Eliza Brown (1825-1869) in September 1849 and they had 2 children. He married again, Mary Elizabeth Hadley (1846-1907) and they had 2 more, born in 1872 and 1875.


12/17/1822; Salisbury, VT


11/29/1899; burial in Morningside Cemetery, Malone, 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. 872  [AotW citation 29142]

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. 651  [AotW citation 29143]

3   Curtis, Newton Martin, LL.D., From Bull Run to Chancellorsville: The Story of the Sixteenth New York Infantry together with Personal Reminiscences, New York: GP Putnam's Sons, 1906, pg. 17  [AotW citation 29144]