John D Shearer

BirthJune 25, 1842
DeathNov. 30, 1933
CemeteryWood River (Wood River)
Unit50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A

Corporal John D Shearer

Company A, 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

Shearer was born in Pennsylvania on June 25, 1842. He was residing in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on August 30, 1861. Shearer re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and went on to serve nearly 4 years. He was promoted to corporal on March 18, 1865 and was discharged on July 30, 1865 at Georgetown DC.

The 50th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Harrisburg on October 1, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

2nd Battle of Bull Run (VA) (August 30, 1862).

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862). Regimental casualties were 8 killed and 9 wounded.

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 17-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Regimental casualties were 11 killed and 9 wounded on May 6, 1864.

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 17 killed, 16 wounded, 24 captured, and 1 reported missing on May 12, 1864.

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Shearer died on November 30, 1933 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Wood River Cemetery in Wood River (Hall County), Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.