|Birth||Sept. 4, 1848|
|Death||Dec. 8, 1933|
|Unit||8th Indiana Cavalry, Company G|
Private Joseph H McClees
Company G, 8th Indiana Cavalry
McClees (also spelled McClese) was born in Pennsylvania on September 4, 1848. He enlisted and mustered in the regiment on January 29, 1864. McClees served about 18 months before he was discharged on July 20, 1865.
The 8th Indiana Cavalry was organized in 1861 as the 39th Indiana Infantry. In April 1863, the regiment was converted to a mounted infantry unit and designated as the 8th Indiana Cavalry. During McClees’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
McClees died on December 8, 1933 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in York (York County), Nebraska. McClees was a member of the Anderson Post (#32) of the Grand Army of the Republic in York.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.