Malachi Buckley

Malachi Buckley

Birth
Death 1894
Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
Burial Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 33086990 · View Source
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Published in The Carroll County Times, Westminster, Maryland on 20 May 2007 and copied here, in part, with any errors:
With Memorial Day almost here, it seems fitting to share the stories of five Civil War veterans buried side by side in Mary Shellman's lot at Westminster Cemetery. Mary, who grew up during the war and began Westminster's Memorial Day tradition in 1868, puchased the lot in the late 19th century as a way "to keep soldiers from pauper burials."
Service in the Union cause was almost the only thing the five men had in common. Some died young, some as old men. Two were born in the U.S., three foreign-born. Some were amputees, others wounded in mind rather then body. Mary wrote of them in 1936, "They were all good brave soldiers but their other records were not much."
Malachi Buckley was the fourth soldier buried in Mary's lot. In 1855, sixteen year-old Malachi left Ireland to seek his fortune in America. He found work in northern New Jersey as a farm laborer, then crossed the Hudson in 1861 to enlist in the 69th New York Infantry, part of the famous Irish Brigade. Buckley, however, didn't have "the luck of the Irish." When his regiment saw action at the bloody battle of Antietam in 1862, he lost his forearm.
Buckley died in Westminster in 1894 at 54. Why he was living in Westminster is puzzling. Mary Shellman recalled, "They were going to take him out to Potters Field without even a word of prayer. I heard of it & got old Mr. Crouse to have a prayer & let them bury him in my lot."
General William T. Sherman was supposed to have said, "War is hell." Surely these five soldiers knew what he meant. Heroes they were not, but their stories are probably very typical of many other veterans remembered on Memorial Day.

The other veterans buried in Mary Shellman's lot are: Robert Clark, William Frazier, Orville T. Andrews and Ernest Kohler.


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  • Added: 20 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33086990
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Malachi Buckley (unknown–1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33086990, citing Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Lorraine (contributor 46631791) .