Age: 42, credited to Swanton, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 8/29/63, m/i 1/5/64, Pvt, Co. A, 17th VT INF, sick in Genl Hosp 8/31/64, d/dis 10/6/64
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Birth: abt 1820, Ireland
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 35295990
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Ellen, 11/25/1864; minor, 6/26/1880
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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JAMES MALONEY volunteered from the town of Swanton about the 1st of September, 1862. He was at this time about 42 years old and a farmer by occupation, a married man, was born in Ireland, but had been in this country since childhood. He was present at the organization of the Highgate company September 11th, 1862. Although he had been brought up under our laws and civilizing influences, he was a genuine bog trotter, and as full of wit and repartee as those who live near the Lakes of Killarney, nearby which he said he was born. He had gray eyes and hair, was of stout build, sturdy, healthy and strong, was a good feeder and seemed to appreciate the abundance of pork and beans, etc., furnished for the soldiers. He was for a time on detail duty at the regimental hospital, but returned to the company after a few weeks and then remained with his company doing duty when called upon. I recall that he was one of the few in Company K who did not refuse whisky rations when issued, which occurred on a few occasions. Some of Company K boys who did not use whiskey were persuaded to go and draw their share and then turn them over to some deserving comrade who thought he needed it as a preventive against small-pox, measles, jaundice, itch, wood ticks and chills and fever, etc., etc., so occasionally some one took too much preventive for the best discipline and morale of the company.
Maloney was a very good soldier, and like most of his nationality had plenty of courage on all occasions. He was mustered out with the regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., July 21st, 1863, and returned to Swanton, and on the 29th day of August, 1863, reenlisted under his old friend. Lieutenant Brown of Company K, into Company A, of the Seventeenth Vermont Regiment, this time as a veteran, went to the front in the spring of 1864, taken sick while in front of Petersburg, Va., and died of disease October 6th, 1864. Here again was Illustrated the loyalty of the Irish soldier to his adopted country. The Thirteenth Regiment had abundant proof of heroic conduct in battle of those of Irish birth, and those of our regiment of this nationality too much praise cannot be given.
Source: Sturtevant, p. 739-40