John Eadie Jr. was born in 1841 in Scotland, the son of Scots John Eadie Sr. (1811-1856) and Elizabeth McFarlane (1816-1899).
John Sr. married Elizabeth in Campsie, Stirling, Scotland on January 20, 1840. By 1851 John Jr. was living with his family in Drumbain, Perthshire County, Scotland. John Sr. left Glasgow, Scotland in mid-1855 and arrived in New York City aboard the Java on July 24, 1855. John Jr. and his family settled in Ravenna, Muskegon County where John Sr. died in 1856. Elizabeth married Pennsylvania native George Sipps (1826-1885) in 1859. By 1860 John Jr. was a farm hand living with his mother and stepfather in Ravenna.
John was 20 years old and residing in Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was absent sick in the hospital from October of 1862 through January of 1863, and he reenlisted on December 24, 1863 at Brandy Station, Virginia, crediting Alpine, Kent County. John was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in January of 1864, probably at his mother’s home in Muskegon. In any case, he probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of February.
On May 12, 1864, John was wounded at Spotsylvania, Virginia, by a gunshot to the left leg. His left thigh was “amputated at the middle third” in the field on May 18. He was seriously ill when admitted a single man on May 28 to Ward A, bed 45 in Emory hospital in Washington, DC, where he was treated for gangrene and loss of blood. (If in fact he was married before the war, by the time he was admitted to the hospital his medical descriptive list listed him as single and his nearest relative as his mother.)
On May 29 John was observed to be “partially comatose” and “suffering from an ulcer upon his sacrum 3 inches in diameter inclined by gangrene.” The following day it was observed that the “stump of amputated limb discharges freely from around the bone. Left parts of stump continually look healthy, and about two thirds united. Bone necrosed.”
He was given morphine, and on May 31 he was reported to be generally “the same,” although it was noted that he “grows more comatose and weaker. Refuses at times to take nourishment or stimulants.” He was given morphine at bedtime. The following day, June 1, it was observed that he “Takes but little” stimulants presumably, and “Will not take anything except in small quantities.”
John continued to deteriorate and died at 11:30 p.m. on June 1, in Emory hospital, and was buried on June 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery: section 27, grave no. 421.
John’s mother Elizabeth and George Sipps were living in Ravenna in 1870 but by 1880 were probably divorced; Elizabeth had reverted to her first husband’s name of Eadie and was still living in Ravenna with three of her grown sons and her 10-year-old grandson named William Patterson while George Sipps was living in Leavitt, Oceana County (where he would die in 1885).
In 1890 a woman named Elizabeth Eadie, living in Michigan, applied for a widow’s pension based on John Jr.’s service (application no. 444,341) but the certificate was never granted.