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Federal (USV)


James E. MacKay

(? - 1862)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 63rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Prior service in Company D, Twenty-first N. Y. Infantry. Age 23 at enrollment, he mustered in as First Lieutenant, Company B, 63rd New York Infantry on February 27, 1862. Discharged on March 10, 1862. Mustered in as First Lieutenant, same company, on March 25, 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died of his wounds on October 13, 1862, at Buffalo, N. Y.

Lieutenant James MacKey was son to Dr. MacKey, Buffalo. He joined the Sixty-third regiment, and was soon transferred to General Meagher's staff, and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam while carrying orders from the general. He was removed to the hospital at Frederick, and was subsequently brought home by easy stages, by his father, who was anxiously attending him. Though he had apparently rallied, he finally sank and died, on the 17th of October, just a month from the day he had received his wound. He was a brave young officer, and an intelligent, courteous young man, whose services were appreciated by his general, and whose amiable qualities made him a general favorite.

References & notes

Basic information from McLernon1, with quote above from Conyngham2. Pension Record: Mother Filed on August 24, 1878. James E. MacKay is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna, near Buffalo, New York, Section D, Lot 22, Grave Number 1


10/13/1862; Buffalo, NY; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna, NY


1   McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001  [AotW citation 2469]

2   Conyngham, David Power, The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns, New York: William McSorley & Co., 1867, pg. 573  [AotW citation 2487]