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Henry Walter Mallery (March 26, 1843-April 2, 1913)
I received this ambrotype in 2009 from Mr. Phil Baugh of Corinth, NY. Phil stated he acquired the photo from the estate of Virginia C. Foster, wife of Leroy “Buck” Mallery and mother-in-law of Ann (York) Mallery of Corinth. My family (Sayre) was related to the Mallery’s by marriage through the McQueen family of Greenfield and Corinth.
Military history of Henry Walter Mallery:
It is known that Henry Mallery enlisted at Corinth on August 7, 1862 in Co. F, 115th NY Inf., later known as “The Iron Brigade.” He was taken prisoner at Harper’s Ferry, Maryland in September 1862. This date coincides with Confederate General Lee’s Maryland Campaign of September 1862.
“McClellan assumed Lee would march on either Washington or Baltimore, but his real target was the Federal rail center at Harrisburg, PA. Before he reached it, he wanted to ensure that his supply line remained open, and sent half his command under Jackson to capture the twelve-hundred-man Union garrison at Harper’s Ferry, while he concentrated the rest of his army at Hagerstown, twenty miles to the north.” (Quote from THE CIVIL WAR by Geoffrey C. Ward, 1990, page 151)
Henry Mallery was exchanged in December 1862 and again was taken prisoner at the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia on August 19, 1864. This date coincides with what is known about that battle: The Second Battle of Deep Bottom, also known as Fussell's Mill was fought August 14–20 1864, at Deep Bottom in Henrico County, VA during the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. Missing or captured Union forces numbered 721 soldiers. Henry Mallery was one of those captured.
He remained in captivity until March 1865 and was discharged July 1865 in Albany, NY.
The 1880 Federal Census for Saratoga Co., NY shows Henry Mallery and wife Hattie living in Corinth with their four sons.
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military