Who is the John Goulding buried in 1865 at Arlington Cemetery?

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Updated 2016.09.05

John Goulding, aka John Golding, was born about 1836 in England, and was single when he joined the Army (per his military interment records; see below). Per the interment receipt below, there was no ‘next of kin’ listed, so it can be surmised that he was without family in the USA, whether in truth or by choice (failure to designate a next of kin).

At age 27, John Goulding enlisted on April 7, 1863 at Buffalo, New York; mustered in as private, Co. B, April 7, 1863, to serve three years; appointed sergeant, May 5, 1863; regimental quartermaster sergeant, June 13, 1863; returned to company, November 4, 1863; mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. C, December 27, 1864; resigned, June 26, 1865; also borne as Golding. Commissioned second lieutenant, November 22, 1861, with rank from October 1, 1861, vice Larned, dismissed. (1609050709)

COMMENT: I have no idea what the term Larned means. It could be a slang term as Colonel Benjamin F. Larned was an important military officer of the day; Fort Larned, Kansas is named after him. Perhaps it means that John Goulding declined further military service by transferring to Indian country and service at Fort Larned or some similar post.

Troops for both Company B and C were recruited principally from Erie County, which is home to the city of Buffalo.

John Goulding resigned from military service on June 26th and died on July 5th, 1865, with burial at Arlington Cemetery. Cause of death is unknown.

John Goulding
Foto by Kim Ott, 1994; Member of ‘Gaulding Cousins’ family history on Facebook.

Name: John Golding
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: New York
Regiment: 16th Regiment, New York Cavalry
Company: B
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Second Lieutenant
Film Number: M551 roll 53


John Goulding grave marker form

John Golding Goulding
U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960, page 90, available on Ancestry.com (1609050746)


Altogether, the 16th New York Cavalry Regiment lost during wartime service: 1 officer and 20 men killed and mortally wounded, with 119 men dying of disease, accidents, in prison, etc., totalling 140 deaths. (1609041655)

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