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Michael Clancy

Michael Clancy by unidentified photographer. Born in Ireland, Clancy started the war in April 1861 as a private in the Second New Jersey Infantry for a three-month term of enlistment. In August 1861 he joined the Fifth New Jersey Infantry as a corporal and rose in rank to first lieutenant before he mustered out in September 1864.


His death notice, from The Evening Journal (Jersey City, New Jersey), May 4, 1899:



Capt. Michael Clancy


Word was received in this city this morning of the death of Capt. Michael Clancy at his home, 1225 North Rockwell Street, Chicago, Ill., yesterday. he was formerly a resident of Jersey City and was until recently Superintendent of Street Repairs in Chicago. Capt. Clancy was stricken with paralysis about two years ago and is survived by a widow and six children. He was a brother-in-law of Battalion Chief Hegan.


Capt. Clancy was born in this city about sixty years ago and enlisted in Company B of the Fifth New Jersey Infantry in August, 1861, serving under Gen. John Ramsay. He was promoted for gallantry on the field and rose to the command of the company. Capt. Clancy left Jersey City about twenty years ago and had been successful in his Western home. He had in this city numerous warm friends and acquaintances, many of whom had fought with him side by side in the Civil War.


NOTE: The newspaper article incorrectly reports his rank as captain. Clancy's highest rank was first lieutenant.


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Taken on December 9, 2009