(1824 - 1893)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 60th New York Infantry
He arrived in Cornwall, Upper Canada (now Ontario) from Ireland with his parents in 1831 and they moved to Franklin County, NY about 1840. By 1860 he had a substantial farm near his father's at Bombay in Franklin County, NY.
On 25 September 1861, by then age 37, he enlisted at Ogdensburg to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company E, 60th New York Infantry on 30 October.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by gunshot in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
The bullet was never removed and he was discharged for wounds on 11 January 1863. He enlisted again, on 21 August 1863, as a private in Company A, 95th New York Infantry at Malone, NY. He was captured in action at Poplar Grove Church, VA on 1 October 1864 and held in Confederate prisons at Libby and Belle Isle in Richmond, VA, and at Salisbury, NC. He was released, date not given, and returned to his regiment 4 June 1865. He mustered out on 13 June 1865 near Washington, DC.
After the War
He sold his farm in New York and moved to Chickasaw County, Iowa in 1865. He was a farmer there until 1883 when he moved into the town of New Hampton "where he own[ed] fine property, and left the farm to be worked by his sons." He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post #277 in New Hampton from 1884.
References & notes
Casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Adjutant General.2 Personal details from the US Census of 1860, 1870, and 1880, a bio sketch in W.E. Alexander's History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties Iowa (1883), and from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sabina/Sabrina Blodgett (1828-1910) in New York in 1845 and they had 13 children - only 4 of whom (Margaret, Celia, Joseph and Jerome) were living in 1883.
06/24/1824; County Down, IRELAND
02/07/1893; New Hampton, IA; burial in New Hampton Cemetery, New Hampton, IA
1 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pp. 115, 117 [AotW citation 16150]
2 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 661; 1902, Ser. No. 32, pg. 267 [AotW citation 22430]