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 Joseph P. Cleary

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Joseph P. Cleary Famous memorial

Birth
Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Death
24 Apr 1905 (aged 62)
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Plot
Range 4, Lot 196
Memorial ID
9283472 View Source

Civil War Union Army Officer. He enlisted in the 13th New York Volunteer Infantry on April 23, 1861, and was mustered in as a Private in Company E. He was captured by Confederate troops early in the war, but was released back to the Union Army under the prisoner exchange program. He returned to the front and was severely wounded (once in the head) and returned to battle twice. Mustered out as a Corporal in the 13th New York on May 13, 1863, he re-enlisted in the 14th New York Volunteer Heavy Artillery as Private in Company D on June 29, 1863. He was promoted for gallantry, rising to Captain on December 24, 1864. During the March 25, 1865 Confederate assault on Fort Stedman during the Petersburg, Virginia campaign, he took command of his men and the Union forces in the Fort after his commanding officer, Major George Randall, was captured. He served through the end of the war, and was promoted to Major on June 2, 1865 before being honorably discharged on August 26, 1865. After the War, he returned to his home town of Rochester, New York and joined the police department there, rising to the position of Chief of Police which he held for over 20 years until a few months before his death.

Civil War Union Army Officer. He enlisted in the 13th New York Volunteer Infantry on April 23, 1861, and was mustered in as a Private in Company E. He was captured by Confederate troops early in the war, but was released back to the Union Army under the prisoner exchange program. He returned to the front and was severely wounded (once in the head) and returned to battle twice. Mustered out as a Corporal in the 13th New York on May 13, 1863, he re-enlisted in the 14th New York Volunteer Heavy Artillery as Private in Company D on June 29, 1863. He was promoted for gallantry, rising to Captain on December 24, 1864. During the March 25, 1865 Confederate assault on Fort Stedman during the Petersburg, Virginia campaign, he took command of his men and the Union forces in the Fort after his commanding officer, Major George Randall, was captured. He served through the end of the war, and was promoted to Major on June 2, 1865 before being honorably discharged on August 26, 1865. After the War, he returned to his home town of Rochester, New York and joined the police department there, rising to the position of Chief of Police which he held for over 20 years until a few months before his death.

Bio by: Mount Hope NY


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  • Added: 7 Aug 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 9283472
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9283472/joseph-p-cleary: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph P. Cleary (11 Mar 1843–24 Apr 1905), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9283472, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.