Pvt John F Leach

3 January 2019

Young Private John F. Leach was guidon bearer of Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, and was noted for bravery under fire as he served as messenger from Captain Tompkins to General Sumner in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. His photograph is in Aldrich’s The History of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the War to Preserve the Union, 1861-1865 (1904).

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