69th New York: Operations 13th June- 12th August 1864

Report of Major Richard Moroney, Sixty-Ninth New york Infantry.

Headquarters Sixty-Ninth New York Volunteers, December 27, 1864.


Took up our line of march; crossed the Chickahominy June 13, reaching the James River at night, and crossed the same the following night.

June 14 (15), took up line of march for Petersburg. Engaged the enemy on the evening of the 16th of June in their works, driving them out of their entrenchments, the Union forces victorious.

Battle before Petersburg, Va., to include the 16th of June, regiment lost: Commissioned officers, killed, 1; wounded, 3. Lieut. Col. James E. McGee, commanding regiment, was wounded on the 16th day of June. Captain Wall succeeded him in command. At that time Captain Richard Moroney was in command of the Sixty-third Regiment New York Volunteers, which threw Captain Wall senior officer in the Sixty-ninth New York Volunteers. On the 17th instant Captain Moroney assumed command of the Second Brigade, vice Colonel Kelly (killed in action on the 16th instant), and so remained until the consolidation of the Second and Third Brigades took place, and then had command of the First Provisional Regiment. This regiment (Sixty-ninth) lay in position in front of Petersburg from the 17th of June to the 26th of July. Between such time advanced, participating in the erecting of forts, &c., doing picket duty.

On the afternoon of July 27 (26) broke camp and took up our line of march, reaching the James River. Continued our line of march to Deep Bottom, reaching there the same day [27th], where we met the enemy. July 28, 1864, attacked the enemy, compelling him to leave his intrenchings. Remained in position in front of the enemy to the evening of the 29th instant, when we took up our line of march back to our former position in front of Petersburg, Va., reaching there on the morning of the 30th instant, where we remained until August 12, 1864.

I have the honor to be, &c.,

Richard Moroney,

Major, Commanding Sixty-ninth New York Volunteers.

Lieut. William H. Courtney,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.

Source: Official Records Series 1, Volume 40 (Part 1). Chapter 52, pp. 350

5 Comments on “69th New York: Operations 13th June- 12th August 1864”

  1. Joseph Maghe
    August 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    When and how did Moroney come to serve as the commanding officer of the 63rd New York?

    • August 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Joe,

      I will have a look into it to see can I dig that info out- there are references to him in command of the unit and briefly the Brigade but will try to track down when he took over specifically.

      Kind Regards,


  2. Joseph maghe
    August 26, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    It seems as though a high number of officers of the 63rd were missing because of wounds during this time. Did you see the photos of Moroney’s inscribed Remington revolver on the Facebook page titled “The Irish in America’s Civil War”?

    • August 29, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Joe,

      I have had a look, it is an incredible object. It would be interesting to find out more about him, beyond the brief bio entry in Conyngham- I will have to do some exploring!

      Kind Regards,


  3. Joseph maghe
    August 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    In her book (Kelly’s Heroes The irish Brigade at Gettysburg) Tricia Murphy cites the following information for Richard Moroney:
    He was wounded in the thigh at Gettysburg and returned to duty 15 August, 1863.
    He mustered out with the regiment 30 June, 1865.
    Six months later he died of congestion of the brain and apoplexy on 29 December, 1865.
    He was a patient in the military hospital on Canal Street in Richmond, Virginia at his time of death.
    One child preceded him in death in 1860. He left a widow with an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. His widow died in 1869.

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