John Richard Dally 1844- joined the 162nd Infantry Regt. and left the Army for the Navy. Abraham Lincoln wrote a note to him that he could accept an appointment as and Assistant Engineer in the U.S. Navy. Lincoln wrote: "Understanding that this young man...was serving inthe Volunteer land service, and receiving an appointment in the Naval service, in order to enter upon the Navy, left the land service, without the proper formal leave for which he is sought to be a deserter. I do hereby pardon him of such supposed disertion." This document is in the papers of the NY 162nd Infantry Regiment.
Abraham Dally, the last of the War of 1812 veterans in NYC and his wife Ann Norman, had at least 3 sons in the Civil War: Abraham Jr., 1832-1891 was a private in Co. B 5th NY Artillery; William H. 1833-was in the Army in 1862; and Joseph I. 1820=1893 died in the Soldier's Home in Hampton, VA in 1893.
Charles Clarence Dally, who later worked with Thomas Edison, was in the Civil War from 1861-1865. He started as a private and rose in rank to captain in March 1865. He was in the battles of Williamsburg, Malvern Hill, Deep Bottom, Fair Oake, Seven Pines, and the Wilderness. He was wounded in the last one -the Wilderness.