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Federal (USA)


Thomas Edward Maley

(1834 - 1896)

Home State: Illinois

Command Billet: Regimental Adjutant

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 5th United States Cavalry

Before Antietam

He enlisted at St. Louis as Private 2nd US Cavalry on 15 May 1855, and served in Texas. By the time of his discharge on 15 April 1860, he had risen to Sergeant, then, in 1857, Quartermaster Sergeant of the Regiment. He was appointed First Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 12 September 1861, but resigned on 22 April 1862 to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Cavalry to date from 14 April. He was assigned as Regimental Adjutant on 9 May 1862. He was honored by brevet to First Lieutenant for action at Gaines Mill, VA on 27 June 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 17 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Regimental Adjutant on the Maryland Campaign, and received his second brevet, to Captain for service at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Quartermaster of the Regiment on 1 December 1862 (to 30 November 1864). At Deep Bottom, VA in July 1864 he was seriously wounded while senior officer present and in command of the Regiment. He was then on Headquarters duty at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, and was promoted to Captain on 28 July 1866. He was in Washington, DC (to 1867), on Reconstruction duty in Georgia (into 1869), and saw action in the Department of the Platte (1869-70) at Rock Creek and Summit Springs, KS. He retired, due to effects of his War wound, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 15 December 1870. He was reduced on the Retired List to Major in 1875, but back to Lieutenant Colonel in 1877. He was a farmer near Austin, in Cook County, IL, and was living in Englewood, IL at his death in 1896.

References & notes

Basic service information from Heitman1 and Price2. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1834 in IRELAND


07/01/1896; Englewood, IL; burial in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL


1   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. 685  [AotW citation 14694]

2   Price, George Frederic, Across the Continent with the Fifth Cavalry, New York: D, Van Nostrand, Publishers, 1883, pp. 404 - 407  [AotW citation 14693]