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M. Moody
M. Moody

Federal (USV)


Miller Moody

(1821 - 1862)
Home State: Ohio
Command Billet: Company commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 59th New York Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A successful farmer and foundry owner in Bellville, Ohio, he was mayor of the town about 1847 and member of the state legislature in 1849-50. In 1861, at 40 years old, he raised and then commanded Company I of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - a three month unit - from 22 April to 22 August 18611. They first saw action at Philippi, (West) Virginia on 3 June. After mustering out of the 16th, he recruited men into what became Company H of the 59th New York Infantry on 1 September 18612.

The 59th spent the greater part of their first year of service in the defenses of Washington DC. They were briefly on the Peninsula in Summer 1862, seeing action at Malvern Hill on 1 July.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Captain Moody was wounded in action on September 17th in the West Woods while in command of his Company, and died of his wounds in hospital at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on 7 November.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Bellville Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post 314 was named for him.

More on the Web:
See an extensive exhibit about Miller Moody's life from family historian Bob Moody, also the source of the photograph and some details used here.

Place of Birth: Knox County, OH    
College: Kenyon College    
Death Date: 11/07/1862    Death Place: Chambersburg, PA    Burial Place: Bellville Cemetery, Bellville, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 1, pg. 348  [AotW citation 1107]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pp. 2523, 2532  [AotW citation 1108]

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