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Federal (USV)


John D Frank

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st New York Light Artillery, Battery G


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He had risen through the ranks to be First Sergeant of Battery A, 2nd U.S. Artillery before the War. He was Captain of Battery G as it mustered into Federal service in September 1861. He was reported an "extreme and severe disciplinarian". In the "spring of 1862 every man in the Battery except one signed a petition asking that he be removed due to his 'harsh and unjust treatment' of the men under his command. A private conversation between Captain Frank and his Corps commander, Major General Sumner, seems to have fixed the problem as the men had no more complaints of Captain Frank"s behavior from that time forward."
(from Goff bio)

The rest of the War

He continued in command of the battery at Fredericksburg (December 1862). He was discharged from the service 4 April 1863.

References & notes

Source: Lt. Goff bio from the Orange County CWRT and Phisterer1.


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 2, pg. 1216  [AotW citation 1043]