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Federal (USV)


John Carey

(c. 1839 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 71st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, he enlisted in Phoenixville on 1 June 1861, and mustered into service as Private, Company K, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 June in New York City.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Stone House field hospital on the Samuel Poffenberger farm near Sharpsburg, and was admitted to the US Army hospital in the City Hotel in Frederick, MD on 28 September, but he died there of his wounds on 10 October 1862.

After the War

He was reinterred from his original burial in Frederick, MD to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. His service from the Card File.2 Bates3 says only that he was discharged for wounds, date not given. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 4 and Nelson.5 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1839


10/10/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3292]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23303]

3   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 23304]

4   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #492  [AotW citation 23305]

5   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pp. 154, 157  [AotW citation 23306]