Malbone Francis Watson was the son of a prestigious Judge of the Supreme Court of New York. He had no trouble getting an appointment to the United States Military Academy. He graduated from the famous West Point class of 1861 with the May graduating class. Other classmates graduated in June of 61. Watson served in the First U.S. Cavalry before transferring to the Fifth U.S. Artillery. Watson was badly wounded at Gettysburg and lost his right leg. He was breveted Major for his service at Gettysburg. Watson sent D.W. Flagler a ragged note that was written in pencil a day after his amputation. The note had important information about Watson's battery and closed with, "They got one of my pegs, but I did not peg out. Yours- "Peggy". Watson returned to West Point and taught French. He retired in 1870, became assistant engineer of New York City's Department of Docks under George B. McClellan and then became the commissary officer of the Soldier's Home in Dayton, Ohio in 1882. Malbone Francis Watson died of Bright's disease on December 9, 1891.