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Federal (USV)


Timothy Mealey

(1830 - 1878)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He mustered into service as Captain, Company H, 2nd Pennsylvania Reserves on 25 May 1861.

On the Campaign

The only officer of his Company present, he was severely wounded in in the hand and side in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and taken from the field.

The rest of the War

He was in action at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862 and succeeded briefly to command of the regiment as senior officer present on the 14th. He was again wounded, in the right arm by a sharpshooter, while on picket duty on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg on 16 December 1862. He rejoined his Company after Gettysburg in 1863 and mustered out with his Company on 16 June 1864 in Philadelphia. He was honored by brevet to Major on 13 March 1865 for "meritorious service on the Wilderness Campaign" [certificate].

After the War

He was a member of the Philadelphia City Council at his death in 1878 at about 48 years of age.

References & notes

Basic service information from Bates,1 and his Compiled Service Record via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from Woodward.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. Further service and personal details and his brevet commission kindly provided by Great-great-garandson Rick Seifert. More genealogy from the Family Search database. His name also seen as Timothy Mealy.

A surgeon's certificate says his Antietam wounds were inflicted at nearby Keedysville.

He married Mary (?-c. 1876) before the war. He married the widow Caroline/Carrie Gagen/Geegan (?) in February 1877 and they had a daughter Rose Gertrude (1877-c.1967), probably named for his mother.


1830 in IRELAND


11/24/1878; Philadelphia County, PA; burial in New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11453]

2   Woodward, Evan Morrison, Our Campaigns or The Marches, Bivouacs, Battles, Incidents of Camp Life and History of our Regiment ..., Philadelphia: J.E. Potter, 1865, pp. 208, 245, 249, 332  [AotW citation 21493]