G.A.R. Post: William Hall Post #107 Granite Falls, WA
13th NEW YORK VOLUNTEER HEAVY ARTILLERY *
Organized: May, 1863 to March, 1864
Mustered Out: 6/28/65
*Note: During the American Civil War an infantry or cavalry regiment could generally expect to serve as an entity. Such was not the case with artillery regiments which, seldom, if ever, came together as a whole. Instead individual companies (batteries) - usually 6 guns- were assigned wherever needed.
As such here we are focusing not on the history of the 13th as a complete unit, but only on the company/battery in which Joseph Moore served. Furthermore, while the terms “heavy” or “light” were far from exclusive, for the most part the “heavy” designation applied to larger caliber artillery pieces which were not highly mobile and often, stationary. Most often these pieces were utilized in conjunction with attacking or defending fieldworks and forts.
REGIMENTAL HISTORY: (13thNY)
The 13th‘s co. /batt. H was principally recruited in the following New York towns and cities: Caledonia, Pamelia, Paris, Starkey, Belmont, Pickney, Fairfield, Dunube, Mexico, Constantra, Mooers and Syracuse. Some enlistments were for three years, others for one. Co. /batt. H was mustered in 3/18/64 as siege artillery and left the state as part of the 3rd Division, 18th Corps, Army of The James, to defend Bermuda Hundred, VA.
As the War wound to a close and individual terms of enlistment expired, remaining members of co. /batt. H became part of 13th’s co. /batt. A. With the war over, as “consolidation” continued, co. /batt. A of the 13th was transferred to the 6th New York Heavy Artillery where it was once again designated co. /batt. H until final muster.
Residence: Ellensburgh Depot, NY Age: 17.4 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 1/2/64 Malone, NY Rank: Pvt.
Transferred: 6/27/65 to 6th New York Heavy Artillery Co. H
Mustered Out: 8/24/65 Washington D.C.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Joseph Alva Moore was born 5/30/46 to James B. (b.Ireland) and Sussanah (nee Skinner b. Vermont) Moore in St. Albans, VT. No additional details are available on his birth family or formative years. Also, documents provide no specifics on the 5’9 ½ “ fair complexioned laborer’s term of military service beyond the fact that, once the war had ended, he completed his final two months of enlistment in a different artillery unit than the one he had originally joined.
Following separation from the military Joseph retuned to Ellensburgh, NY. On 1/3/67 he married Katherine McMahon at West Chazny, NY. The couple would produce four children: Gertrude (10/24/69 or 10/23/70), Stanley (b/1872 d.1874), A. Carrie (7/23/76), and A. Roy (3/16/84). In 1874 the Moores departed New York and moved to Alden, MN. They remained there two years before, in 1880, continuing their westward trek to Redfield, N. D. where they were to set up housekeeping for the next 24 years.
In 1904 the Moore’s removed from North Dakota to Granite Falls, WA. Records are silent on why the move was made. Perhaps it was to escape the harsh Dakota climate and/or be near families of their now grown children. In Granite Falls Joseph was described as a “Mason of long standing…. a man of strong Christian principles since boyhood, (and) a deacon in the Congregational Church of Granite Falls for many years.”
His obituary noted “Mr. Moore has always taken an active interest in the town, serving as its Mayor for several years.” Civil War veteran Joseph A. Moore died 1/5/26 at the age of 79.7 years. He was survived by his wife, one son (A. R.), one daughter (A. C.), and seven grandchildren. At death he was receiving a government stipend of $50 per month based on his Civil War soldiering. Katherine died in Granite Falls 1/3/33. At her passing she was receiving $40 per month of her late husband’s pension.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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