Biography of

Andrew Jackson Mackerley, Co A

Andrew Jackson "Jack" Mackerley was born on October 4, 1829. He married Margaret Caroline Irwin on December, 28th, 1854 who was from a prominent family in South Salem, Ohio. Margaret's father was William Smith Irwin who was a great talker and respected member of the community. At the start of the Civil War, William Irwin raised a 100 man company for the state of Ohio and later was made Captain and commanded Company G of the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He later became a Colonel in the 136th Ohio.

He is inaccurately listed in the Roster of Ohio Troops as Andrew J. Mackelvry of Company a under Captain Henry Miller. Such inaccuracies are prevalent in the roster due to legibility of the handwriting of the times. Jack was with the 18th up to and including .the battle of Stones River where he was wounded in the arm(the Shott diary says it was in the shoulder). From the diary of David Shott, it appears Jack may have been wounded on January 2, 1863 at McFadden's Ford where Negley's Division made a heroic charge across Stones River to stop the Confederate advance and force Bragg to move his forces from the battlefield. His wound proved to be his undoing however as he died in the Hospital at Cincinnati from Typhoid Fever on April 1, 1863.

Jack's wife, Margaret followed him in death in 1868 at the age of 36. Andrew and Margaret had one child, Sally, who at the age of 11 went to live with his Grandfather William Irwin. Sallie eventually married but died in 1882 at the age of 25 leaving 2 daughters.

Andrew Jackson Mackerley is buried in South Salem Cemetery beside the Irwins and his wife and daughter.

 

(Information provided by John Morton, great-great-grandson of Andrew's daughter, Sallie.)