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J. B. Sweitzer

J. B. Sweitzer

Federal (USV)


Jacob Bowman Sweitzer

(1821 - 1888)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Jefferson College, Class of 1843

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a lawyer in Pittsburgh and served as US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He joined the Allegheny County Home Guards as Major in the spring of 1861.

He was appointed Major in the 62nd Pennsylvania in July 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, 17 November 1861, and was wounded and captured at Gaines Mill, Va., 27 June 1862, and was sent to Libby Prison in Richmond. He returned to the regiment in August 1862. He had been promoted to Colonel as of 27 June 1862, and took command of the regiment on his return.

On the Campaign

The V Corps was present on the campaign, but not engaged at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was made commander of the Second Brigade at Chancellorsville, 30 April 1863, and served temporarily as commander of the First Division, Fifth Corps, in December 1863. He mustered out with his Regiment 13 July 1864.

After the War

He returned to his law practice, was appointed by President Grant to the position of Supervisor of Internal Revenue for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1869, and in 1873 was appointed Protonotary of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. He served in that office until his death.

References & notes

Source: the excellent 62d Pennsylvania Volunteers page.


7/4/1821; West Brownsville, PA