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Federal (USV)


John Elmon Bean

(1843 - 1927)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, a carpenter in Cambridge on enlistment in June 1861. He mustered in as Private, Company E, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 16 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the foot in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability from wounds 22 December 1862.

After the War

His brother and - at least for a time - father had moved to Oregon by about 1866. John was married there in 1871. At the 1880 US Census he was a retail grocer in Pendleton, OR, and in 1900 a county judge. He was living on his son-in-law's farm by 1910.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and Davis2. Details from family genealogists. Casualty information from Nelson3, who has him as John E. Beaw. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/1843; Freedom, ME


01/13/1927; Umatilla, OR; burial in Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, OR


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. 94 - 96  [AotW citation 6933]

2   Davis, Charles E., Jr., Three years in the army: The story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers ..., Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1894, pg. 396  [AotW citation 16328]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 127  [AotW citation 16329]