(c. 1837 - 1863)
Home State: Mississippi
Education: University of Mississippi
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was 22 years old and ran a livery stable at Lauderdale Station in Lauderdale County, MS. At the outset of War in 1861 he was Captain of the Lauderdale Zouaves, a local infantry company, and they became Company G ("F" after April 1862) of the 13th Mississippi Infantry, the regiment initially commanded by Colonel Barksdale. McElroy was promoted to Major of the regiment in April 1862 and to Lieutenant Colonel in June. At the battle at Malvern Hill on 1 July 1862 he assumed command of the Regiment after Colonel J. W. Carter was wounded.
On the Campaign
He commanded the regiment in Maryland and was wounded at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, but remained on the field with his men.
The rest of the War
On the second day of the battle of Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, Colonel Carter was killed, and Lieutenant Colonel McElroy took command of the Regiment, afterwards promoted to Colonel. He was killed while leading an assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, TN, on 29 November 1863.
References & notes
Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his modern stone has his birth in 1840.
More on the Web
See a very interesting piece online about the Seven McElroy's of the 13th Mississippi.
c. 1837; Lauderdale County, MS
11/29/1863; Knoxville, TN; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Meridian, MS