Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day - John McFadden (1842-1863)

Memorial Day - A day for honoring and mourning people who died while serving in the United States military. 

John McFadden, my great grand uncle, was about twenty one when he died at the battle of Mission Ridge in Tennessee on November 26, 1863.[1]

John served with the Ohio Infantry, 36th Regiment, Company K.
Not much is known about him other than from the testimonies of his parents, sister, brother-in-law and other acquaintances in his Civil War pension file submitted by his parents, Edward McFadden and Alice Collum.

 Some things learned about John in the pension application:

  • According to Patrick Ward, private, 36th Regiment, Company F, John was found with a bullet wound in is chest, still breathing. As they took him down in the ambulance (stretcher) he died.[2]
  • The testimony in the pension application mentions a photograph of John in his uniform which was unfortunately destroyed in a fire that destroyed the McFadden home.

[1]Parent’s pension application no. 218859; service of John McFadden (Pvt., Co. K, 36th Ohio Infantry, Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1874-1886; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington D.C.
 The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866.

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