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Confederate (CSV)

Private

Peter J. Lavery

(c. 1838 - 1885)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Washington (LA) Artillery, 4th Company

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted 28 April 1861, at New Orleans. He was a clerk living in New Orleans, age recorded as 23 when enlisted, and single. He transferred (from?) to the 4th Company, Battalion of Washington Artillery (B. W. A.) on 26 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his battery on South Mountain and at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

Rolls from July 1862 to February 1865 state he was present with the battery. He was in the following engagements: Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; Mountain Run, August 1862; Manassas No. 2, Aug. 30; Boonsboro, Md., Sept. 14; Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 15, 16, and 17; Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 11, 12 and 13. 1863 - Chancellorsville, May 3; Gettysburg, July 3; Williamsport, July 6. 1864 - Drewery's Bluff, May 14, 15 and 16; Clay's Farm, May 18 and 19; Chickahominy, June 6; Petersburg, June 19.

After the War

He's listed in city directories (1866-67, 70, and 76-77) for Galveston, TX as a clerk and driver with the Texas Express Company. He died in Galveston at age 47 of "congestion of the brain".

References & notes

Basic information from Booth1, who has him as P.J. Lavery, and says he was also listed as Laury, P. J.; Lowery, P. in the records. Booth says he was born in New York. Death detail from a notice in the Galveston Daily News of 29 November 1885, pg. 5. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his birth year as 1840.

Birth

c. 1838; Belfast, IRELAND

Death

11/21/1885 Galveston, TX; burial in New City Cemetery, Galveston, TX

Notes

1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 1, pg. 677  [AotW citation 14926]