This image shows John wearing the
2 sky blue stripes of an Infantry Corporal's rank on the sleeves of his dark blue wool
uniform frock coat. The pistol in his belt is probably a photographer's prop.
The writing on photo says "John Riley your
Grandfather, father of William J. Riley." The original
image is believed to have been taken sometime between September 1862 and July
1865. An electronic copy of the original image, and written permission to
post it on the 80th Indiana website, are courtesy of his Great Grandson Michael Riley.
John was a resident of Loogootee in Martin County, Indiana when he enlisted in
what became Company B of the 80th Indiana. He was mustered into the Union
Army at the rank of Private for a 3 year term of service on August 14, 1862.
At some point during his service he was promoted to the rank of Corporal.
After the war ended John was mustered out of the Army with the other surviving
members of the 80th when the regiment was disbanded on June 22, 1865 at
Salisbury, North Carolina.
With the information on this page it is possible to order a
copy of this soldier's military service records, and his pension records if any
exist, from the US National Archives and Records Administration. If you
do, then please consider sending a copy of what you receive to the 80th's
Webmaster so that more details about his service can be added to this site.
All such contributions will be credited to the donor, by name, on the list of Modern
80th Indiana Volunteers. Thank you for your consideration.
Source: Regimental Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Volumes
III, IV, and VIII, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana
(Indianapolis, Indiana, 1866).