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Federal (USV)


Jeremiah A. McCarthy

(1837 - 1913)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery C

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 22 year old hatter living with his parents and siblings in Philadelphia. He was 5' 7" tall, with dark complexion, gray eyes and brown hair when he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant in Battery C, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery on 15 June 1861. He was promoted to Captain of the Battery on 5 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Battery on the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged 8 October 1863 on account of physical disability.

After the War

By 1880 he was a clerk living with his mother in Philadelphia. He was a clerk at the US Mint at the time of his death at age 76 in 1913.

References & notes

Basic service information from Bates.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

There is a photograph, taken in June 1862, of his redoubt (gun position) at Fair Oaks, VA at the Library of Congress. The guns pictured look like 4 brass Napoleons.


1837; Philadelphia, PA


08/13/1913; Philadelphia, PA; burial in New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 15869]