John H. Davis was born about 1841 in Cape Girardeau, 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.
During the Civil War, he served as a Corporal in Company H of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the second 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.
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On 13 May 2018 at 00:35 GMT K Raymoure wrote:
Jno Davis, mulatto, b. abt. 1843 Louisiana, porter living with Jas age 32 and Eliza age 38