G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
10th MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organize: 10/61 Cape Elizabeth, ME
Dissolved: 11-63 New Orleans, LA
The 10th ME was formed by combining reorganized companies of the expired 1st ME and newly raised units (Co.A-Saco/Co. D-Aroostook Co.). As such, when the regiment came together at Cape Elizabeth it contained both two and three (Cos. A & D) enlistees.
Immediately leaving the state the regiment was assigned to guarding railroads in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. On 5/25/62 while acting as the rear guard for General Banks’ retreat from the Shenandoah Valley the unit lost 90 men. On 8/9/62 at the battle of Cedar Mountain, VA the 10th lost an additional 173. The regiment then took part in all the movements of General Pope’s army during his retreat from 2nd Bull Run toward Washington before moving onto Antietam, MD where it saw 20 of its ranks felled.
At the end of May, ’63 when the unit’s 2 year men headed home, those with three year hitches were detached and organized into a thee company battalion which was present, but not heavily engaged during the battle of Chancellorsville, VA and thus lost only “a few” men. The 10th now participated in every part of the campaign ending in the battle of Gettysburg, PA then camped along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers to Wartrace where it remained until 11/63 when it was assimilated into the 28th Maine which was being formed in New Orleans, LA.
Residence: Maysville, ME Age: 20 yrs.
Enlisted/Mustered In: 10/4/61 Rank: Private
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Little pre-war information is available on Allen Moran. Family has him born on 2/13/1843 in Maine. He was reported to be 20 years of age when he entered the army. His pre war occupation was listed as “lumberman.” Three dates appear significant in Pvt. Moran’s military history: 8/9/62 slightly wounded at battle of Cedar Mtn., 12/62 absent, sick at Harper’s Ferry, VA and 1/26/63 deserted.
Following the Rebellion Mr. Moran appears to have returned to lumbering in Main. Also, he married to Susan Duplica. Mrs. Moran died in March, 1870. On 10/8/77, now in Winnebago Co., WI Allen remarried to Amalie Opper. The union would bear four children: Allen (1874), Bert (1877), Cora (1879), Lela E. (1888).
By 1889 the Moran family was residing in Snohomish, perhaps drawn here by the timber industry. If that was the case, Allan must have been experiencing difficulties applying his lumberman’s trade because, in November of that year he requested a government disability pension claiming inability to perform manual labor based on his Harper’s Ferry-era ailments. In this process he claimed to have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in January, 1863. There is no evidence the request was ever granted.
During the last year of his life Allen Moran was a member of the local police force and “a familiar figure to Snohomish people.” During his period he continued to be plagued by “stomach trouble” which, in February, 1895 took him to the Everett hospital. It was here, on Sunday night the 22nd day of the month that the former Union private would die from what would later be diagnosed as “stomach cancer.” He was 54 or 55 years.
Mr. Moran’s funeral was handled by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and attended “in a body” by the “G.A.R.” cemetery in 1898 his remains would be moved to their present resting place. At the time of Allan Moran’s death his youngest child was only six or seven years of age. As such, almost immediately, Mrs. Moran sought financial support from the Federal Government in the form of a military widow’s pension. The request, however disclosed that her late husband had never been honorable discharged from the U.S. Army but, in fact, had deserted. Mrs. Moran’s pension request was marked “No widow’s claim.”
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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