(1832 - 1887)
Home State: Ohio
Command Billet: Regimental Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 23rd Ohio Infantry
see his Battle Report
He trained as a printer, and was eventually editor and proprietor of the Ohio State Journal, in Columbus, Ohio. In December 1861 he was appointed to fill the vacancy for Major of the 23rd Ohio; described by then-Lieutenant Russell Hastings:
"The vacancy of the majority was filled by Governor Dennison sending from Ohio an editor named James M. Comly. We didn't like this act of the Governor, for the promotion of one of our Captains to be Major would have given us each a step and would have been regular. Poor Major Comly was not received with open arms. We were not rude to him but he must have seen and felt that he was outside of our "hail fellow well met" circle."
On the Campaign
He succeeded to the command of the regiment after LCol Hayes was wounded at South Mountain on September 14th.
After the War
He was Postmaster of Columbus, and U.S. Minister to the Hawaiian Islands, 1877-82. In 1883 he went to Toledo, and owned and edited the Toledo Commercial there.
References & notes
3/6/1832; New Lexington, OH
7/26/1887 Toledo, OH