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J.J. Seaver

J.J. Seaver

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Joel J Seaver

(? - 1899)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

"The first war meeting in Franklin County was held in Malone April 25th. Honorable Albert Andrus an old time Democrat presided and the meeting was addressed by the Honorable William A Wheeler the Representative in Congress, Honorable Ashbel B Parmelee, and others who made ringing speeches exhorting all to give prompt and energetic support to the Administration in its purpose to enforce the laws. 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. Ten thousand dollars were raised to aid the families of those who should volunteer. Within a week the company composed of representatives from nearly every town in Franklin County was organized by electing Joel J Seaver Captain ...
(From Bull Run to Chancellorsville: The Story of the Sixteenth New York ..., Newton Martin Curtis, New York: Putnam's, 1906)
He received his Federal appointment as Captain 15 May 1861. He was promoted to Major 11 Nov 1861, and Lt Colonel 4 July 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 22 May 1863.

More on the Web

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903. His picture above is from Curtis' 1906 history of the 16th, found online.

See an interesting piece about his apparent involvement in a 'Fenian' invasion of Canada (!) in the Malone Press Republican.