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Federal (USV)


Andrew Nelson Terhune

(1841 - 1926)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

A farmer, he enlisted in Company K, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 13 August 1862 and mustered as Private on 25 August.

On the Campaign

On 9 September, on the march toward Frederick, MD, he seemed to like being a soldier, writing:

We have bully times out here. We went out yesterday and caught four hogs and skinned them and roasted them over the coals. This morning we fetched in another hog and some ducks and chickens. We live first rate out here ... who would not be a soldier?
However, he was listed as a deserter on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He returned to duty 13 June 1863, with no further record.

After the War

He was in Saddle River, NJ at the 1895 New Jersey State Census for Bergen County, and at Glen Rock in 1905 (age 65) and 1915.

References & notes

Basic information from Ranger95 (from the NJ AG)1. Details from the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His 9 September 1862 letter to his cousin is in the Lewis Leigh Collection at the US Army Military History Institute (Heritage and Education Center), Carlisle, PA - quoted by Hartwig.2 Punctuation added.




07/10/1926; burial in Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, NJ


1   Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories: New Jersey, <>, Source page: /infantry/13th_reg_inf_nj.html  [AotW citation 7912]

2   Hartwig, D. Scott, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, pg. 190 (note 75)  [AotW citation 17178]