John I. McCarthy,Philadelphia,PA. 1850s
This is a very long shot; but I am looking for a John I. McCarthy, and the following is the only information that I have.
He was said to be from Philadelphia,Pa. and was in the 3rd Florida Vol. Infantry. He seems to have been pressed into service with the Confederate army, as he and a friend stole a boat and took to sea from the coast of Florida. They were eventually picked up by a Union Gun boat and taken to Hilton Head where they were questioned and sent to New York. From there they went to their homes. John to Pa. and his friend to N.H. The time frame for this adventure would have been November 17, 1861 (When they deserted)to, about December, 25th 1861, or, a little over a month.
If this strikes a bell with anyone, I would very much appreciate an e-mail.