John Davis

John H. Davis (1841)

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Corporal John H. Davis
Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in United Statesmap
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John H. Davis was born about 1841 in Cape Girardeau[1], Missouri. He served with the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.

He stood about 5 feet and 10 inches (1.78m) tall with light skin, brown eyes, and black hair when he enlisted in 1863.[2]


  • 1863: Waiter


  • 1863: Chicago, Illinois (military enlistment)

Military Service

During the Civil War, he served as a Corporal in Company H of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the second[3] regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 22 years old, single and working as a waiter when he enlisted on 29 April 1863 from Chicago, Illinois. He was wounded in action on 16 July 1863 on James Island in South Carolina in a skirmish two days before the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. Mustered out 20 August 1865 with his regiment.[4]

Research Notes

Emilio - nothing besides his entry in the McKay roster Raymoure-1 21:40, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
☑ Redkey - no letters written by or mentioning him Raymoure-1 22:31, 19 March 2019 (UTC)



  1. regimental descriptive book
  2. regimental descriptive book
  3. and the first with federal recognition; the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiment was against the wishes of the Secretary of War and filled only six companies, but did see action a full year before the 54th
  4. Emilio, McKay Roster

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54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Regimental Descriptive Book, Company H: Davis - Gamrell
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Regimental Descriptive Book, Company H: Davis - Gamrell


On 13 May 2018 at 00:35 GMT K Raymoure wrote:

Possible Chicago 1860 census match:

Jno Davis, mulatto, b. abt. 1843 Louisiana, porter living with Jas age 32 and Eliza age 38