Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Born in Portland, Maine, he moved from New England to Ohio when he was a young man to assist his brother in his mercantile pursuits. Although he was raised a Presbyterian, he began to attend a Methodist church and became a Methodist minister, and traveled to churches throughout Ohio. With the beginning of the Civil War, he was commissioned Colonel and commander of the 74th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, despite having no previous military experience. Before he took over formal command of the unit, though, he served as commander of the Camp Chase Military Prison in Columbus, Ohio. After a few months in that capacity, he joined the 74th Ohio in Nashville, Tennessee and participated in the December 1862 Battle of Stone's River. With news that his unit was to be shifted from Nashville to Chattanooga in the middle of 1863, Colonel Moody resigned his commission on May 16, 1863. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers "for distinguished services in the battle of Stone's River, Tennessee, and for meritorious services during the war." After the war, he resumed his career as a Methodist clergyman.
Bio by: Thomas Fisher