Smalley, Eugene Allen
Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): USMC, 19th OH INF
Service: 19th OH INF, USMC [College: UVM 60]
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Birth: 01/26/1839, Burlington, VT
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 23319696
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: UVM 60
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington, VT
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Eugene A. Smalley
Eugene Allen Smalley was born 26 January 1839, in Burlington, the son of Judge David Allen and Laura Barlow Smalley. One brother, Henry A. Smalley, was colonel of the Fifth VT INF early in the war; another, Jacob M. Smalley (q.v.), was a volunteer officer the U.S. Navy.
Eugene enlisted in Company B, 19th Ohio Infantry, in April 1861. He took part in the West Virginia campaign, was engaged at Rich Mountain, VA, and the advance on Beverly, VA. He mustered out on 6 July 1861.
In August 1861, he was examined at Washington, DC, for a commission in the United States Marine Corps, which he passed, and appointed Second Lieutenant on 29 August. In October, he joined the battalion under Major George J. Reynolds, headed for Port Royal. The battalion embarked the screw sloop Pawnee at Washington Navy Yard, passed the Confederate batteries on the Potomac River at night, without loss. At Fortress Monroe, the command was transferred to the transport Governor. On the night of November 2nd and 3rd, the Governor was wrecked off Cape Hatteras, but Sabine rescued the marines.
The battalion proceeded to its destination, but did not reach Port Royal until after the surrender of Hilton Head and Bay Point, SC.
Smalley was appointed Quartermaster of the battalion, and remained so for the duration of its organization. The battalion participated in the expedition against Fernandina and St. Augustine, Florida. In April 1862, the battalion returned to Washington and soon after was disbanded. Smalley was promoted to First Lieutenant on 16 June 1862, and appointed a member of the Boast of Examiners to examine applicants for commissions. Later that summer he was transferred to Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, and in February 1863, was selected to command the marine guard on San Jacinto. San Jacinto sailed to Key West to serve as a flag-ship of the EGBS. On 31 December 1864, San Jacinto was wrecked off the Bahamas. In March 1865, Smalley reported to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for duty. He resigned his commission on 26 July 1866.
Smalley was a railroad clerk in 1880, living in Burlington. In 1900 and 1910, he was a customs clerk, living in Colchester with his wife Abbie M., and two step-children, Chester and Ruth Brownell. He died 26 October 1913, and is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Burlington.
[Peck; Callahan 697; Benedict; 1863 Naval Register; 1865 Naval Register; AGO; 1850, 1860, 1880 and 1910 Censuses]
Extract from "Green Mountain Mariners in the Civil War," to be published Spring 2011, by Tom Ledoux.