|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1835|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1922|
Civil War Union Army Officer. Born September 6, 1835 in New Jersey, he was 25 years old when he enlisted in the Union Army soon after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, enrolling in the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on May 5, 1861. On May 31, 1861 he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant, and mustered into the Field and Staff as Regimental Adjutant. In October 1861 Captain John N. Lang of Company I was promoted to Major, and Lieutenant Ackley received a promotion to Captain and command of the company to fill the vacancy. He led his men in Spring 1862 as the unit as it partook in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign against the forces of Confederate Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. In August 1862 the 27th Pennsylvania fought against Confederate forces near Groveton, Virginia, during the 2nd Bull Run Campaign, and Captain Ackley's company was thrown out as part of a skirmisher line. As he pressed his men forward, the rest of the line was ordered back – an order he didn't hear. The small band of men kept going until realizing they were now vastly outnumbered, and made it back to Union lines, narrowly escaping capture. Later in the battle his men supported a Union artillery battery, and took a number of casualties from counter-battery fire. After the battle he and his men were ordered on special duty in Washington, DC, where in October 1862 he was appointed as Aide-de-Camp to Major General Franz Sigel. He served in this duty until he resigned his commission on March 20, 1863.
After the war he was employed as a broker for George F. Work and Company. In 1883 he and his employers were charged with embezzlement and defrauding the Peoples Passenger Railway Company in Philadelphia. After a trial he was found not guilty, although his employers were found guilty on one of the fraud counts. In the same year he sued the New York Times for libel regarding a story they ran about the charges that appeared to indicate they were guilty.
In 1908 he sued for compensation for his unpaid travel expenses incurred after his resignation from service back in 1863. His claim was found without merit by Congress in 1913. He died March 4, 1922 in Philadelphia.
On December 14, 1869 he married Martha Burr Diehl at the West Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. They had seven children – Edward D. (1870-), Elizabeth R. (1873-), Shreve R. Jr. (1874-c.1955), Anna B. (1875-), Edith C. (1877-1904), Martha R. (1879-), Charles D. (1880-1880). Martha died on December 11, 1880. He then married Harriet E. Ackley.
He filed for a United States Army Veterans Pension on August 17, 1891 (Application #1,050,525, Certificate 1022352, PA). On April 22, 1922 his wife, Harriet E. filed for a United States Army Widow's Pension (Application #1189398, Certificate #724811, PA).
Martha Burr Diehl Ackley (1842 - 1880)
Harriet E. Ackley (____ - 1925)*
Edith Cooper Ackley (1877 - 1904)*
Charles D. Ackley (1880 - 1880)*
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 18, Lot 76
Maintained by: Russ Dodge
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Feb 06, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7154290