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J.B. Molyneaux
J.B. Molyneaux

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant

Joseph B. Molyneaux

(1840 - 1925)
Home State: Ohio
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
He lived in Emira, NY after 1844 and was a dispatch messenger on the NY & Erie Railroad by 1852. He was with "Professor" Thaddeus Lowe doing magic shows for a year and from 1855 was in the printing and newspaper business in Cleveland, OH. He enlisted in the Sprague Zouaves, later Company B, 7th Ohio Infantry (3 months) and was drillmaster. He enrolled in the 7th Infantry (3 years), Company B, as First Lieutenant on 19 June 1861 at age 21. Appointed Adjutant of the Regiment on in January 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Reportedly had a sword fight with a Confederate officer near the Dunkard Church, and disarmed him, in action on the 17th.

The remainder of the War:
Promoted to Captain, Company A to date from 1 September 1862. Discharged on 11 February 1863 for disability. He recovered at home and then was commissioned Captain, Company E, 150th Ohio Infantry on 2 May 1864. He commanded at Fort Thayer, Washington, DC defending from Early's attack of 11 and 12 July 1864. He mustered out with his unit in Cleveland on 23 August 1864.

After the War:
He was in the printing supply business into the 1880s, and later held offices with the County, Post Office, and City of Cleveland until at least 1905.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Wilson1. Further details and his photograph from the Itinerary2. Death and burial from his gravesite on Findagrave.

Birth Date: 01/01/1840    Place of Birth: near Ann Arbor, MI    
Death Date: 04/23/1925    Burial Place: Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, OH



Notes

1   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pp. 208 - 212  [AotW citation 13058]

2   Wilson, Lawrence, and the Historical Committee of the Regimental Association, Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Infantry 1861-1864, New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1907, pp. 384 - 386  [AotW citation 13087]



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