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Confederate (CSV)

Private

Harley Tuttle McKay

(1833 - 1918)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 26th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 27 year old shoemaker at Aston's Store, Marion County, he enlisted as Private, Company H, 26th Alabama Infantry, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the leg by a "bombshell" in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated and he was sent home on furlough. In April 1863 he was detailed as a shoemaker in Columbus, MS and he was there to at least April 1864.

After the War

By 1870 he was again a shoemaker in Marion County, but in 1880 he was farming at Alvarado in Johnson County, Texas. In 1900 he was making shoes in Ennis, TX and in 1910 was a janitor there.

References & notes

His service from Fincham's roster,1 sourced from Tod L. Molsworth's O'Neal's 26th Alabama: the Little Regiment that Did (2000). He's in the Compiled Service Records only as H.T. McKay. His wounding on South Mountain also found in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862, as H.T. McCoy. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his modern stone has him in the 11th Mississippi Infantry, probably in error.

He married Minerva Jane Warren (1829-1888) and they had 7 children between 1859 and 1871. He's mentioned on her (oddly spelled) gravestone as Reverend, so may also have been a preacher. He married again, to Sarah Ann Talkington (1842-1934) in February 1889.

More on the Web

See more about Harley and another McKay and their intertwined burial stories in a post over on behind AotW.

Birth

06/22/1833; Marion County, AL

Death

03/26/1918 Ennis, TX; burial in Bristol Cemetery, Bristol, TX

Notes

1   Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Alabama, Published 2005, first accessed 23 August 2020, <https://ranger95.com/civil_war/alabama/index.html>, Source page: /infantry/26ala_inf/26th_ala_inf_roster_h.htm  [AotW citation 25539]