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Federal (USV)


John Kirkpatrick

(c. 1844 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 137th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 16 year old farmer in Butler County, PA. He enlisted there on 7 August 1862 and mustered as a Private in Company D, 137th Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 August 1862 in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He died of disease at a hospital in Hagerstown, MD on 2 November 1862.

After the War

He was initially buried in a plot near the Alms House in Hagerstown but was reinterred at the new Antietam National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1, which has his death as 2 November. His service from Bates2 and the Card File.3 Death details from an article in the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom & Torch Light of 12 November 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his death date as 2 October.


c. 1844 in PA


11/02/1862; Hagerstown, 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 3737]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 17650]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 29809]