|Birth: ||May 14, 1838|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1911|
Alvin M. Whaley was a United States soldier during the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865.
He enlisted on May 20th, 1861, at Warsaw, New York, for two years service, at the age of 23, and was mustered into service as Second Lieutenant of Company K of the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment on May 24th, 1861. He was later promoted to First Lieutenant on November 2nd, 1861, and to Captain on September 20th, 1862. He served with the regiment during its two years of service with the Army of the Potomac and was wounded in action on December 13th, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He returned home at the end of the regiments service and was mustered out of service with the Company on June 2nd, 1863, at New York City, New York.
He re-enlisted on June 9th, 1863, at Albany, New York, for three years service, and was mustered into service as First Lieutenant & Regimental Quartermaster of the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment on June 17th, 1863. Her served with the regiment durings its campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. He was honorably discharged on January 14th, 1865.
* * * * * * * Biography from "Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa." ca. 1899. * * * * * * *
WHALEY, ALVIN M., former senator from Butler county, was born in Wyoming county, New York, May 14, 1838. As a child he was a pupil in the common or district schools of his native county until at the age of fifteen he became a student in Middlebury Academy, in Wyoming county. He was also a teacher in the schools during five successive winters, earning the means thereby to complete his scholastic training.
While thus engaged in peaceful pursuits, with no harder battles before him than those incident to the teaching of a school of learning, came the call of a terrible and bloody conflict. The War of the Rebellion came upon a startled people. Always prompt and patriotic, he gave a quick and decided response to that call. With several of his classmates he was among the first to volunteer for the defense of the Union. Having been accepted as a private in Company K, Seventeenth regiment, New York Volunteer Infaning in its victories and never disheartened by its misfortunes. For bravery and meritorious conduct he was successively and rapidly promoted to first lieutenant and then captain.
While during the fierce and bloody battle of Fredericksburg, Capt. Whaley was leading his men in an assault upon the rebel works, he was struck in the head by a musket ball, and it was supposed by all his career was then to end and his was to be another of the many thousands of lives ended on the battle field that their country might live. His skull was fractured and several large pieces were taken from the wound. Prompt and skillful medical aid saved his life, much to the surprise and gratification of his comrades and friends. The nature of his wound, his treatment and recover, were so remarkable, that his case was reported at length and published in full in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, while portions of his fractured skull are now in the Medical Museum at Washington. As a friend remarked at the time: "The rebs got away with a portion of the Captain's head, but they left the brains all there," and active ones they always have been and are now. After being discharged from the hospital at Georgetown he went home on a furlough. Returning to Washington, he was discharged with his regiment and mustered out at New York. The regiment veteranized, and he was commissioned as Regimental Quartermaster of the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment; was ordered to Alabama, from there to Vicksburg; was in Sherman's Meridian raid; went via Decatur and Huntsville to Atlanta, where they joined Sherman. In the battle of Jonesboro nearly one-half of his regiment was killed, including its gallant Colonel Grover. When they reached Savannah he resigned, and returning home engaged in farming in his native county. He came to Iowa in 1869, settling at Aplington in Butler County, where he now resides.
He is a republican in politics, and has been repeatedly honored by his party. In 1877 he was elected to represent Butler county in the state legislature, and re-elected in 1879. He served his constituents so faithfully while in the house, that upon the death of Senator W. B. Gaylord he was elected to fill the vacancy as senator from the Fortysixth senatorial district, which included Butler, Floyd and Mitchell counties. At the expiration of the term he was re-elected, serving out the second term with credit to himself and honor to the friends who elected him. After the election of President McKinley he was appointed postmaster at Aplington, which position he holds at the present time. His oldest son, C. G., is his assistant. Mr. Whaley has been, and is, a useful man in social and religious circles, although positive in his convictions, he is yet broad-minded enough to concede the rights of others, thus establishing himself firmly in the hearts of his friends, and it has frequently been said that those who know him best love him most. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having attained to the honor of the Knights Templar degree, and the Mystic Shrine. His best work is done in connection with the church. As an elder in the Presbyterian church he has repeatedly represented that body in presbetery, and in 1898 he was a delegate to the General Assembly from Waterloo Presbytery. For years he has served as superintendent of the Sabbath School, and is an active member of the Y. P. S. C. E.
He was married October 17, 1871, to MissJane H. Smith, daughter of George BSmith, who was one of the prominent early settlers of Butler county. They have four boys: C. G., G. A., H. H. and Wayne S. For many years Mr. Whaley was actively engaged in business, a large portion of the time as dealer in lumber and grain, and later in the banking business, but of late year& had retired until the duties of postmaster called him into active service again.
Public spirited and always interested in the welfare of those about him, he well deserves a place among the Progressive Men of Iowa.
Jane H Smith Whaley (1844 - 1910)*
C Grant Whaley (1872 - 1950)*
Pleasant View Cemetery
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