Simpson, John W.

John W. Simpson was born around 1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked as a shoemaker prior to enlisting in Company E of the 24th United States Colored Troops Regiment. At thirty years old, Simpson enlisted on February 23, 1865 in Philadelphia for a one year term. Simpson was five feet, seven inches tall at the time of his enlistment. The 24th trained at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until they moved to their new station in Washington, DC on May 5, 1865. The 24th never participated in any active engagements. From June 1 to July 16, 1865, Simpson’s regiment served as guards at a prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. Afterwards the regiment relocated to Richmond, until they mustered out on October 1, 1865. Simpson was promoted to sergeant during his enlistment. He was buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (By Brenna McKelvey)
Full name
John W. Simpson
Place of Birth
Sectional choice
Free State
Relation to Slavery
Free black
Union Army
How to Cite This Page: "Simpson, John W.," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,