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John Ryan

DOB:  April 1831
DOD:  March 15, 1915
Cemetery Location:  Section 20,  Grave 107
Branch:  Army
Rank:  PVT Co G, 1st MO L.A.;  PVT  Co I,  9th MN
Service Dates: 7/24/1861-6/4/1863; 4/13/1864-8/24/1865

John Ryan was born in Galbally, County Limerick, Ireland to William Ryan and Margaret Noonan. He was the first of seven children. John spent his childhood in Ireland, immigrating to the United States when he was a teenager. John lived for a time in Connecticut where he remained long enough to attain citizenship and to vote in the 1853 presidential election.

During the Civil War, John earned the distinction of serving with units in two different states.  He enlisted for three years at Saint Louis, Missouri in 1861 and served as a private in Company G of the 1st Missouri Volunteer Light Artillery. He returned to Minnesota for the winter and in the following spring, enlisted again.  John served as a private in Company I of the 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

John’s health deteriorated as a result of his head injury and the sabre wound on his right arm. He filed his 1st declaration for an invalid pension with the Pension Office in February 1872. After the lengthy process of documenting and proving his eligibility, a pension was approved on March 5, 1883.

During the ensuing years, as John’s health continued to decline, he continued to fight for increased rates of disability. Circa 1907, John entered the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died there on a Monday and on a following Wednesday was buried in the Home Cemetery, now Wood National Cemetery.

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