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Federal (USV)


John Waldo Belcher

(1841 - 1916)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 64th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old painter, he enlisted on 15 October 1861 as Corporal in Company H, 64th New York Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant on 5 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left chest in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD, and returned to duty on 20 February 1863. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 3 May 1863, and wounded in action at the Po River, VA on 10 May 1863.

After the War

He returned to Newark Valley and was a painter. He applied for a Federal pension in 1879, which was granted.

References & notes

Basic information from State of New York1. Thanks to Devan Sommerville for scrubbing through the Report and extracting and transcribing the roster data for AotW. Casualty information from Nelson2. Further details from Jerald L. Marsh's The Brotherhood of Battle: The Civil War Soldiers and Families of Newark Valley, NY (2012). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/12/1841; Newark Valley, NY


09/24/1916; Newark Valley, NY; burial in Hope Cemetery, Newark Valley, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 27 (for 1900)  [AotW citation 7709]

2   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. 129  [AotW citation 16330]