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Federal (USV)


John Topping

(1830 - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 30 year old farmer in Grand Rapids, Wood County, WI. He enlisted in Company G, 7th Wisconsin Infantry on 18 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His widow began receiving a US pension in February 1863. He was reinterred from his original burial on the Antietam battlefield to the National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History,1 which lists him as John Tapping, Company I. Service details from the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as John Tapping.

He married Margaret Jane Orr (1833-1893) in November 1859 in Plover, WI and they had 2 daughters, Ella Calista and Virginia Caroline.


05/30/1830; Wells, NY


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, 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 4251]

2   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pg. 564  [AotW citation 10517]