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J.L. Drake

J.L. Drake

Federal (USV)


John Louis Drake

(1830 - 1862)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

He worked in the Colt Arms factory in Hartford, CT before the War. He helped raise a Company of troops, enrolled on 8 August 1862 and mustered as Captain, Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 24 August 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

Originally buried on the battlefield, his remains were returned to Hartford on 10 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Ingersoll1 and the Record.2. Personal details from family genealogists, notably Alice Smith Thompson in The Drake Family of New Hampshire (1962) [PDF]. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture is from a photograph in the collection of the Connecticut State Library, posted on his blog by John Banks.

He married Anna Brockway Very (1836-1910) in January 1860.


05/03/1830; Lyme, NH


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, CT


1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pp. 660 - 663  [AotW citation 5587]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pg. 635  [AotW citation 27274]