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Friday, January 23, 2009

Yesterday’s Blog included an email interchange with Hazel, who had contacted us requesting help in obtaining information on some of her ancestors who had fought with North Carolina regiments. One of those men was William Mauney, a Private in Co. H of the 37th North Carolina, who was held as a Prisoner of War at Point Lookout in Maryland.

James Barnes, who commanded the 18th Massachusetts from its muster on August 24, 1861 until his promotion to Brigade Commander on July 14, 1862, was in charge of Pt. Lookout from July 1864 until the facility was closed in 1865 and thus William Mauney would have been under his charge.

Who knows, but is it possible that Mauney, who took the Oath of Allegiance on June 29, 1865, appears in this undated photo showing Confederate prisoners taking that oath at Point Lookout, while James Barnes, seated behind the desk on the right, looks on?

To see a larger version of the photo click here.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

It’s late and I know I’m going to regret this in a couple of hours when I have to get ready for work. I have a feeling I’m going to be doling out a lot of money to Starbucks later in the day.

We’ve had a flurry of queries over the past few days, not all of which have been related to the 18th Massachusetts. I love giving out information when we have it and especially love digging for it when don’t.

We had this email yesterday from Jim, who lives in Pennsylvania.

I am the great-grandson of Albert A. Darling, corporal, Company C, 18th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. My mother, Mary Darling Ingram, was the daughter of his son, Louis Clifton Darling. According to his discharge papers he transferred to the 18th from the 3d Massachusetts (a regiment raised on three and nine month enlistments) and from the 18th to the Veteran Reserve Corp. General Order No. 321 dated September 26, 1863 confirms his transfer to the then "Invalid Corp." The roster on your website gives the date of transfer to the VRC as Feb. 1, 1864. He served as a corporal in Company C of the 9th Regiment of the VRC, reenlisted on April 9, 1864 and was discharged November 17, 1865. His age is listed as 19 on your roll, 20 on his reenlistment papers in 1864 and 23 on his discharge papers in 1865. This is about as much information as I have from official army documentation.

Family lore has it that he was wounded while serving with the 18th and partially disabled. This is confirmed by documentation relating to his admission to an "Old Soldiers Home" in his old age, which lists him as suffering from the effects of a head would caused by shellfire. Family lore also says he enlisted while underage, lying about his age, which may explain the discrepancies in his age in the documentation.

Do you have any additional information about Corporal Darling's service such as the engagements he participated in, his wounds etc. or can you suggest a source on additional information?

Sometimes we’re only able to a little information about a veteran of the 18th, but in Jim’s case we were able to provide a fairly significant amount.

Albert Andrew Darling: born April 9, 1842 at Woonsocket Falls, RI, the son of Timothy and Patty (Pickering) Darling.

He was a 19-year-old Shoemaker from Plympton, MA, when he enlisted on April 16, 1861 and was mustered for three months service on April 23, 1861 as a Private in Co. H, 3rd Mass. Infantry. He was mustered out of military service at Boston on July 22, 1861.

He enlisted for a second time at Carver, MA on Sept. 17, 1861, being recruited by C.S. Hanard, and was mustered into the 18th Mass. Infantry on Jan. 14, 1861 as a Corporal with Company C. Per regimental records he was 5 ft. 9 in. with a dark complexion, black eyes, and dark hair. Darling was engaged with the Regiment in the Peninsula Campaign, including the Seige at Yorktown, and Second Bull Run.

Darling suffered a shell wound to his head at the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862. During the Regiment's retreat, he suffered additional injuries to his back and left side, when he was trampled on while lying unconscious.

He was admitted to Carver Gen. Hospital, Washington, DC, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1862, when he was transferred to the Convalescent Camp in Alexandria, VA. Darling was granted a ten day furlough from the hospital in Nov. 1862, but did not report back as required until April 20, 1863. On Jan. 4, 1863 he was reduced to the rank of Private and subsequently forfeited all pay and allowances due to his absence without leave from the regiment, for the period Nov. 26, 1862 until April 1, 1863. Regimental records state he returned on April 20, 1863.

He was subsequently transferred to the Company C, 9th Veteran Reserve Corps on Feb. 1, 1864, serving as a Color Bearer at Camp Frey, Washington, DC from March 17, 1865 and from October 31, 1865 was on duty at Clark Barracks. He was mustered out of military service at Washington, DC on Nov. 18, 1865.

Following his military service, Darling, was employed as a Fireman and Cobbler, residing in Plympton until 1871 when he removed to Bridgewater, MA. He later resided in Brockton, MA until 1874, Franklin, MA until 1877, Blackstone to 1881, Holliston for 12 years, Boston, and the Soldier's Home at Togus, ME. Darling was a member of the Powell T. Wyman, Post No. 6, Grand Army of the Republic, Holliston, MA. Darling was married twice. His first wife Esther H. Jones, who he married at Middleboro, MA, died at Bridgewater, MA in 1877. He married for a second time to Martha A. Pray, a widow, at Providence, RI in October 1877. They were the parents of Albert A., born at Lynn, MA on July 9, 1879; Gideon, born June 20, 1882 at Blackstone, MA; Clarance, born March 11, 1884 at Franklin; Edwin, born July 1, 1886 at Dorchester,; and Louis Clifton, born Sept. 9, 1891 at Holliston.

Darling filed for an Invalid Pension on July 24, 1890 and was granted benefits of $8.00 per month under Certificate #: 547337, due to disabilities caused by a shell wound of the head, rheumatism, and varicose veins of the right leg. Between 1901 and 1915, Darling had periodic residencies at the National Soldiers' Home in Togus, ME He died in North Searsmont, Maine on April 3, 1917.

I also had this recent exchange with Hazel, who lives in North Carolina.

From Hazel:
Where would I possibly be able to check a roster on "The Battle at Shepardstown." I just recentley was told that one of my ancestores was captured during this.

From Donald:
Thanks for your query on a prisoner list from the Battle of Shepherdstown. If you can provide the name of your ancestor and any additional information you might have I can probably provide you with the answer you're looking for. If you know the Regiment he served with it'll make the search faster. However, if you don't know, the State will do.

There were very few Confederates taken prisoner at Shepherdstown. Most of the Union prisoners were from the 118th Pennsylvania, the 13th New York, and the 25th New York, and most of them were paroled fairly quickly, i.e. about ten days after the battle.

From Hazel:
Thank you so much for being willing to help me. I know his name was Peter Mauney or Mooney. It is said he served with a unit out of North Carolina. I have found these relatives:
Calab Mooney - Pvt. Co. I "Mecklenburg Rifles"
Christopher Mauney - Pvt. Co. D "North Carolina Defenders"
Manassas Mauney - Pvt. Co. D "North Carolina Defenders"
William Mauney - Pvt. Co. H "Gaston Blues."

I found these on the internet (just this info, no records) but haven't yet found Peter. Supposedly he was captured on or near Sep 11th and died on the 13th from wounds he received.
Any help you might be able to give would be so greatly appreciated.

From Donald:
Well, you kept me busy for a little while with your query, but I have lots to report back on. I found all your relatives on “Civil War Data" (www.civilwardata.com ), which is a paid service I subscribe to. The cost is $25 a year, $10 for a one time guest pass, but in most cases not worth it if you’re only searching for one, two, or a few people. In my case it has been invaluable.
Here’s what I’ve found and I believe the first name highlighted in bold is your ancestor.

Peter Mauney: born in Cleveland County, NC, he was a resident of Gaston County when he enlisted and was mustered on the same day, July 30, 1861, as a Private in Co. B, of the 28th North Carolina Infantry. He was one of five men from the Regiment killed at the Battle of Shepherdstown on September 20, 1862.

Caleb Mooney: He was a 33-year-old resident of Gaston County, NC when he enlisted on August 15, 1862 at Iredell County as a Private and was mustered on that same day into Co. I, 37th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded at Chancellorsville on or about May 1, 1863 and returned to duty on June 30, 1863, although it’s not stated where. He was captured and taken prisoner at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and confined at Ft. Delaware, DC on or about July 7, 1863. He was held as a prisoner until taking the Oath of Allegiance at Ft. Delaware on July 7, 1865.

Christopher Mauney: born in Cleveland County, NC, he was a 39-year-old and residing in Cleveland when he enlisted in that town and was mustered into service on the same day, March 17, 1863 as a Private in Co. D, 37th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and returned to duty on or about Sept. 15, 1863. He died at Richmond, VA on July 26, 1864.

Manassas Mauney: He was a 20- year-old resident of Gaston County, NC when he enlisted in Iredell County and was mustered that same day, August 12, 1862 , as a Private in Co. D, 37th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864, returning to duty on or about June 15, 1864. He was taken prisoner at Gravel Hill, VA on July 30, 1864 and confined to Point Lookout, MD soon after. On August 8, 1864 he was transferred to Elmira, NY and held as a prisoner until taking the Oath of Allegiance on May 29, 1865.

William Mauney: a 30-year-old resident of Gaston County, NC, he enlisted at Iredell County, and was mustered the same day, August 12, 1862 as a Private in Co. H, 37th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded at Deep Bottom Run, VA in 1863 (specific date unknown), wounded at Frazier’s Farm, VA. He deserted on or about January 5, 1863 (estimated date) and retuned to duty on or about August 15, 1863. He was taken prisoner near Petersburg, VA on April 2, 1865. He was confined at Point Lookout, MD on or about April 3, 1865 and paroled on June 29, 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

The 7th North Carolina, 18th North Carolina, 28th North Carolina, 33rd North Carolina, and 37th North Carolina were members of Stonewall Jackson’s Corps, A.P. Hill’s Division, Gen. L. O’B. Branch’s Brigade.

I found some links that may be of interest to you as well.

From Hazel:
Oh my goodness, you hit a gold mine. This is so great and believe me when I say "I appreciate it very much." You are right about the other Peter also. The name has been spelled about three or four different ways, these two are the most used. There is no way I can express my gratitude, it seems that a simple Thank You just doesn't cover it. BUT....


Wednesday, January 14, 2009


John Hennessey, who wrote "Return to Bull Run" and edited Thomas Mann’s memoirs, turning them into the book "Fighting with the Eighteenth Massachusetts," gave me a small bit of advice a couple of years ago. I was telling him about our continuing efforts to dredge up every single piece of information about the 18th. He looked at me and said, “At some point you have to stop,” meaning stop chasing and start writing.

Admittedly the writing stalled out after only a few pages, but the quest has continued. I suppose the quest will always continue. However, we’re resolved that 2009 will be the year we write “The End,” on the final page of our planned history of the 18th Massachusetts Volunteers, regardless of whether those words appear on page number five or page number 1,200.

Hennessey was right in a way, but we have a good excuse for not stopping our quest. And it comes down to this. Every time we’ve thought there was no more information to find on the 18th Massachusetts, we’ve found more. Or the more has found us. It’s bizarre. Hope fades and then all of a sudden, boom!, along comes something new. In the last month we’ve been told about a family in Massachusetts who has a collection of letters written by a member of Company G, have obtained another collection of nine original letters written by a member of Company D, and received a tintype and CDV of two other Regiment veterans. We have dying hopes of obtaining at least a part of a very large collection of letters written by Tom’s great-great-grandfather, Edmund Churchill. We’d need money to purchase the entire collection. Lots of money. The kind of money only a Powerball win can provide. I’ll tell you more about this in another blog.

I don’t know how else to describe it, but it seems that every time we’ve come to a dead end in a tunnel, somehow the right brick gets pushed by accident and a hidden door has opened. Len, who lives in California, found our Web site and sent us an email Monday evening telling us that he and his cousin wanted to share four years worth of letters written by their great-uncle Richard. Their great-uncle Richard was First Sergeant of Company D of the 18th Massachusetts.

I’ll be talking to Len by phone tonight. That’ll be pretty exciting as he’s already sent us a transcript of a letter written four days after the battle of Fredericksburg. The letter from Richard to his mother is fairly brief and primarily lists men from Company D who were thought wounded, killed, or missing. Richard himself had been wounded in the side, but downplayed the seriousness of the wound so as not to unduly alarm his mother. I, in turn, emailed Len information on each of the men mentioned in the letter as well as a copy of a CDV of Richard, so I guess that’s a pretty good beginning to what we all hope will be a story with a happy ending.