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Confederate (CSV)


John Hector McLean

(1837 - 1864)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 24th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was just completing medical training as the War began in 1861. He enlisted in Company G, 24th North Carolina Infantry as a Private on 4 June 1861. He was detailed as Assistant Surgeon to a hospital (probably in Western Virginia) in Summer 1862, and was elected 2nd Lieutenant in his Company to rank from 8 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 20 December 1862. He was mortally wounded in action on the morning of 2 June 1864. He died at a field hospital at Chester, VA the same day, age 27.

He passed unharmed through the battles around Richmond and at Sharpsburg, besides several other engagements. On the morning of June 2nd, he commanded a detail from his Regiment of about one hundred men, in a charge on the enemy's rifle pits [at Bermuda Hundred, VA] a few miles below Petersburg. Early in the action he was pierced through the hip by a minie ball, and died in about six hours. His remains were brought home, and now sleep in peace in the family cemetery by the side of a beloved sister.

References & notes

Basic service information from Moore1. Further detail and the quote above from his death notice in the Fayetteville Observer of 20 June 1864, transcribed by Myrtle Bridges on NC GenWeb. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/19/1837; Robeson County, NC


06/02/1864; Chester, VA; burial in McLean Cemetery, Maxton, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pp. 309, 310  [AotW citation 10046]