(1846 - 1913)
Home State: Ohio
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry
Born to Irish parents in London, he came to the US at age 5, and lived on a farm near Cleveland, OH. He enlisted in Company B, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 15 (giving his age as 19) on 5 June 1861. He was appointed Sergeant, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on the field at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Of the action there, he noted
The fight goes on with unabated fury. The air is alive with the concussion of all sorts of explosions. We are kneeling in the soft grass and I notice for a long time that almost every blade of grass is moving. For some time I supposed that this is caused by the merry crickets; and it is not until I have made a remark to that effect to one of our boys near me and notice him laugh, that I know it is the bullets that are falling thickly around us! It is wonderful how a man can live through such close danger. I have made up my mind that I shall not, cannot, escape. Strangely this idea causes me no nervousness nor the least bit of inward excitement. I contemplate the prospect of sudden death without flinching. It is not heroism, but cool reason which actuates me ...He lost the hearing in one ear from an explosion at Antietam.
The rest of the War
Promoted again, to First Lieutenant, on 20 January 1863. Mustered out with his Company on 13 July 1864.
After the War
He continued his education, earning a Ph.D. he was a lawyer, educator, and teacher, and lived in Cincinnati, Galveston, TX, and Harlem, NY.
References & notes
1846; London, ENGLAND
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. 2, pp. 239 - 243 [AotW citation 14716]
2 Galwey, Thomas Francis, and W.S. Nye, editor, The Valiant Hours, Harrisburg (PA): The Stackpole Company, 1961 [AotW citation 14735]