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Federal (USV)


James McCabe

(c. 1837 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 24 year old laborer in Boston, he enlisted as Private, Company A, 12th Massachusetts Infantry on 20 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot that entered his right thigh and exited through his buttock, breaking the "neck" (top) of his thigh bone, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at US Army General Hospitals #5 and #1 in Frederick, MD from 26 September 1862 to 16 June 1863. In addition to lengthy recovery from his wound, he also suffered from an abscess in his shoulder requiring surgery in December 1862. He was transferred to Jarvis Hospital in Baltimore, MD in June 1863, then to Point Lookout Hospital until 25 July 1864, when he was discharged. He mustered out on 5 August 1864.

After the War

By 1867, back home in Boston, he had a slight limp, but no pain from his wound, and was receiving a Federal pension.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. Medical details from the MSHWR.2


c. 1837


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 3 - 10  [AotW citation 6584]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 73  [AotW citation 21364]