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J.E. Duryee

J.E. Duryee

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Jacob Eugene Duryée

(1839 - 1918)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Maryland Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private in Company F, 7th New York Militia on 17 April 1861 in New York City. He mustered as First Lieutenant, Company G, 5th New York Infantry (his father Abram's unit) on 9 May 1861 and was promoted to Captain on 8 September 1861. He resigned effective 24 September 1861 to accept appointment on that date as Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Maryland Infantry.

On the Campaign

He led the Regiment in assault on the Rohrbach (Burnside) Bridge on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 22 September 1862.

After the War

He was honored by brevets to Colonel and Brigadier General, USV on 13 March 1865 for gallant and meritorious service.

References & notes

Basic information from Phisterer1 and Wilmer.2 He's sometimes seen as J. Eugene Duryea. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from one of unknown provenance from Uriguen.3

More on the Web

See an excellent post about Duryée and his time with the Second Maryland Infantry from Tim Orr on his Tales from the Army of the Potomac.


03/07/1839; New York City, NY


05/25/1918; Los Angeles, CA; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg. MD


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1760  [AotW citation 12943]

2   Wilmer, L. Allison, and J.H. Jarrett, George H. Vernon, State Commissioners, History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheimer, Weil & Co., 1898, pg. 73  [AotW citation 12944]

3   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <>  [AotW citation 23976]