JOHN CALDWELL, alderman from the twenty fourth ward, Pittsburg, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1842.
He came to America with his parents in 1855, locating in Pittsburg, where he attended the parochial schools. Leaving
school when fourteen years old, he started to learn the saddlers' trade, and, in August, 1 861, enlisted as a private
in Company G, 4th Pennsylvania cavalry. Mr. Caldwell's career in the Civil war is a most creditable one. His first
term expiring in February, 1864, here enlisted, and was mustered out on July 12, 1865, although the papers bear
the date, July 1, 1865. He fought with distinction in the great battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, and later
at second Cold Harbor and the Wilderness. In a skirmish with Stuart's cavalry, Feb. 25, 1863, he received a wound
in the left ankle, which disabled him until October of that year. On June 24, 1864, he was captured and confined
a long time in the rebel prisons. He was first taken to Richmond, to Libby prison, thence to Lynchburg, Va., and
from there marched to Danville, Va. From Danville he was sent by train to Andersonville, and held in this famous
prison from July to October. After this he was taken to Blackshear, then to Charleston, and from Charleston was
moved to Florence, S. C, where he was held in a stockade until Dec. 13, 1864, being then paroled, exchanged and
sent to Annapolis. He rejoined his regiment at Lynchburg, Va., in April, 1865. Sliortly after enlistment he was
made corporal, and came out with the rank of sergeant. The war over, Mr. Caldwell became a street car conductor,
and was employed thus for twelve years with the exception of two years, from 1870 to 1872, when he worked in a
foundry at West Point. In November, 1880, he entered the employ of the Lake Erie railroad company, remaining with
them but a short time, and later went to work for Jones & Laughlin. Mr. Caldwell was elected alderman in February,
1891, and has been twice reelected. In politics he is a democrat, and in religious belief a Catholic. He is a member
of Union Veteran legion. No. 1, of Pittsburg.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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