Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John Fail

John J. “Jack Riley” Fail

Representing: Union

Unit History

  • 7th Missouri Infantry K
  • 7th Missouri Infantry G
  • 11th Missouri Infantry G
John Fail
Family History

Created by Brian

John J. “Jack Riley” Fail

24 Feb 1898 (aged 53–54)
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID


John Fail, Alias Jack Riley, was killed on the double tracks of the Northern Pacific between Tacoma and Puyallup yesterday morning by a Tacoma-Seattle passenger train.

He was walking along the track, and in some unaccountable manner stepped before the flying train. The injured man was taken to Puyallup, where he died shortly after arriving. Dr. Beebe of Tacoma was present but was unable to save the man.

Fail was known around the city as Jack Riley. He had a shack on the tide flats, where he made his home. When struck by the train, he was walking to a place between Tacoma and Puyallup where he had been cutting wood. He was accompanied by a man named Dawson. The only apparent wounds on the dead man are a few scalp wounds.

He was 54 years old and unmarried. He had lived here for 10 or 12 years. He was an old soldier and drew a pension. He is believed to have relatives around Lawrenceville, Kansas.

The remains were brought to the county morgue yesterday by Deputy Coroner Coombs. An inquest may be held today.

The Tacoma Daily Ledger 25 Feb 1898, Fri · Page 5
Added by: Alice on 24 Nov 2022
Alias Jack Riley
Age about 54y.
Accidentally struck by a train.
John J Fail in the Washington, U.S., Death Records, 1883-1960
Name: John J Fail
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: abt 1844
Death Date: 24 Feb 1898
Age at Death: 54
Death Location: Pierce, Washington
Suggested edit: John J. Fail
The residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 6/1/1861 at St Louis, MO as a Private.
On 6/1/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. MO 7th Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
(Estimated date of enlistment)
On 8/1/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. MO 11th Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
(Estimated date of enlistment)
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- Index to Compiled Military Service Records

Contributor: The Seakers (50146847)

Gravesite Details

G7 11 MO. INF.


Buried at Oakwood Hill Cemetery

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