John J. Walley


BirthDec. 26, 1840
DeathAug. 31, 1932
CemeteryEdgar (Edgar)
PostEllsworth (Edgar)
Unit152nd New York Infantry, Company H

Private John J. Walley

Company H, 152nd New York Infantry

Walley was born in Milford (Otsego County), New York on December 26, 1840. He enlisted as a private on September 3, 1862 at Milford, New York. Walley was mustered on October 14, 1862 and served over 2 years with the 152nd New York Infantry. Walley was promoted to corporal on January 25, 1864 and to sergeant on May 1, 1864. He was reduced to private on November 1, 1864.

The 152nd New York Infantry was organized and mustered on October 14, 1862. During Walley’s enlistment the unit was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties at the Battle of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House. The unit lost 10 soldiers, 46 were wounded, 5 were taken prisoner, and 2 were reported missing on May 5-6, 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness. At the Battle of Spottsylvania Court House the regiment lost 11 soldiers killed, 53 were wounded, and 6 were taken prisoners between May 10 and May 18, 1864.

Private Walley was wounded in the forehead on June 5, 1864 at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Due to his wound, he was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC) on January 1, 1865. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from the effects of disease. The soldiers were assigned to “light duty” and freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty. Walley was mustered out of the VRC at Washington DC on August 24, 1865.

Walley died on August 31, 1932 (age of 91 years) and is buried in the Edgar Cemetery in Edgar (Clay County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Ellsworth Post (#16) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Edgar.

Walley’s obituary offers additional insight into his life. Excerpts include:

His parents died when he was 9 years old. He was raised by his grandmother.

After the Civil War, he entered Lowell’s Commercial College in New York and completed a 4 month course.

He moved to Michigan and was employed by his uncle.

From Michigan, he moved to Woodstock (McHenry County), Illinois. He married Susan Sanborn on October 17, 1869.

He moved to Nebraska in 1872 and filed on a homestead 2 miles north of Edgar. His wife joined him in Nebraska in 1873.

The couple moved to Edgar in 1879. The couple parented 2 children.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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