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Andrew and Edward Gallwey of Skibbereen>US Civil War

Posted: 18 Jul 2004 6:20AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Gallwey, Galway, Galwey
From The Cork Examiner, 11 August 1863 -

DEATHS.
At Baton Rouge, La., U.S. America, Major
Andrew Gallwey, son of the late John Gallwey, Esq.,
Skibbereen. Having been wounded at the taking of
Port Hudson, he was removed to Baton Rouge,
where he died on the 9th July, a Christian soldier,
fortified by all the rites of the Catholic Church, in the
26th year of his age. His brother Edward was the first
victim whose life was sacrificed in the present
American war.¹ He was killed at Fort Sumter, on the
13th April, 1861, aged 20 years.--May they rest in
peace.

1--Edward Gallwey was actually the second casualty of the Civil War, having been mortally wounded when a cannon exploded while firing a salute at the ceremony surrendering Fort Sumter to the Confederate forces. The first fatality was Pvt. Daniel Hough who was killed in the same accident. Thus the first casualties of the Civil War were from "friendly fire," the first deaths from hostile action taking place when the 6th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Militia forced their way through Baltimore on their way to Washington on the 19th of April 1861.

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