Home State: Unknown
Branch of Service: Cavalry
He enlisted as Private in Company D of the 2nd Dragoons on 16 October 1854. He served on the Sioux Expedition of 1855, Kansas "riots" (156-57), and in Utah to 1861. He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant of the Company, then Sergeant-Major of the Regiment by September 1862. He was on the Peninsula and Maryland Campaigns of 1862.
On the Campaign
He was Sergeant Major of the Regiment before getting word of his promotion to 2nd Lieutenant, Company L on 24 September (to date from 17 July).
The rest of the War
He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in April 1863, and was wounded in action at Beverly Ford, Virginia, in June. He served on the staffs of Generals Buford and Pleasonton to October, then was appointed Adjutant of the Regiment and returned to the field. He was wounded in action again, at Smithfield, Virginia in January 1864, and lost his left arm. He was assigned as mustering and disbursing officer in Michigan, then at Regimental HQ at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1865.
After the War
He was dismissed (or resigned) from the Service on 18 January 1866.
References & notes
Date not known in IRELAND
2 Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 628 [AotW citation 2270]
3 Rodenbough, Theophilus Francis, From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875, pg, 478 [AotW citation 2271]