(1827 - 1865)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 69th New York Infantry
He had service in the Mexican War (1846-48) in the 1st New York Volunteers, and was then a machinist and member of the 69th New York State Militia in New York City. By then age 34, he enrolled at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in First Lieutenant, Company F, 69th New York Infantry on 12 October 1861. He mustered as Captain, Company I on 12 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was in action at Antietam on 17 September with his Company and Major Cavanaugh later wrote ...
Captain James Saunders, of Company A, and Captain Richard Moroney, Company I, I am proud to say, acted most bravely, cheering on their men, and encouraging them throughout the battle.
The rest of the War
He transferred to Company B on 12 June 1863. He was senior officer present and in command of the Regiment at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863 until he was wounded in the thigh in action there. He mustered out of service on 11 October 1864, but enrolled again on the 20th of that month, as Major of the regiment. He mustered out with them on 30 June 1865 at Alexandria, VA.
After the War
He lived in Manhattan, but died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of a attack and robbery near the Central Railroad depot, while he was in Richmond, VA only 6 months after leaving the army.
References & notes
Service information from the State of New York,1 with bio and other details from Green-Wood.2 An 1866 muster roll of the 69th has his birthplace as Ireland. His performance at Antietam from Major James Cavanagh's Official Report. His picture from an 1865 group portrait of the officers of the 69th, original at the Library of Congress; thanks to Joseph Maghe for his help correcting my identification of Moroney.
1827; Lockport, NY
12/29/1865 Richmond, VA; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
1 US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, For the Year 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 249 [AotW citation 18233]
2 Green-Wood Historic Fund volunteers, and Jeffrey I. Richman, Cemetery Historian, Civil War Biographies, Published 2015, first accessed 13 September 2018, <https://www.green-wood.com/2015/civil-war-biographies-introduction/>, Source page: /civil-war-biographies-mitchel-myers/ [AotW citation 18234]