Barckley, Michael Henry
Michael Barckley was born November 15, 1840 in Knox, Albany County, N.Y, the son of Henry Barckley and his wife Magdalene Livingston. He had a younger brother Edward Barckley. His paternal family, which had German origins, had settled in Guilderland several generations previously.
1850 federal census for Knox, Albany County, N.Y. shows him as part of the following household:
- Henry Barckley 34 farmer and merchant $1500
- Magdalane Barckley 32
- Michael Barckley 10
- Edward Barckley 8
- James White 24 clerk
1860 federal census for Knox, Albany County, N.Y.:
- Henry Barckley 44 merchant $4000, $600
- Magdalene 42
- Michael 19 clerk attended school
- Edward 17 farmer attended school
Michael was always a serious student who had a great love of books. He attended the local public schools in Knox. Michael entered Union College in 1861, graduating with honors in July 1862.
Michael was working as a clerk at the time of his enlistment.
Michael did not marry.
Michael was raised on a farm in Knox, where his father Henry worked as a farmer and merchant. His father was active in local affairs holding the various positions including that of postmaster. As a result, Michael grew up in a well to do family that allowed him time for studies, but also stressed the importance of civic responsibility. He attended the Reformed Dutch Church in Knox.
His records can also be found under Michael J. Barckley and Michael H. Barclay.
|Place of Birth:||Knox, NY|
|Date of Birth:||18 May 1843|
|Names of Parents:||Henry (Barckley) and Magdalena Livingston|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||15 Aug 1862|
|Enlistment Place:||Albany, N.Y. or Knox, NY|
|Enlistment Rank:||First Lieutenant|
|State Served:||New York|
|Original Regiment:||113th N.Y. V. I.|
|Regiment renamed Dec. 1862:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery.|
|Promotion Rank:||Commissioned First Lieutenant|
|Promotion Date:||8 Sept 1862 with rank from 14 Aug 1862|
|Wounded in Action at:||Cold Harbor, VA|
|Wounded on:||5 June 1864|
|Death Date:||Died 6 July 1864|
|Death Place:||Died from amputation of right leg at Carver US Hospital in Washington, DC with his mother at his side.|
|Additional Remarks: "After being in service nearly two years was wounded in right leg so that amputation was necessary from which he died Remains buried in Knox Cemetery."|
|Additional Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General for the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867|
Michael was well thought by his neighbors in Knox so that when he decided to serve in the Civil War, 21 other men from the area joined him. As a result of his college degree and these enlistments, he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company K. The Reverend E. E. Taylor of Knox on behalf of the people of Knox presented Michael with a sword, sash, belt and pistol.
Lieutenant Michael Barckley died a of shell wound to his right knee received 4 June 1864 at Cold Harbor. He died on 6 July 1864, with his mother Magdalene at his side as a result of amputation at the hospital in Washington DC. His funeral services were held in Knox at the Reformed Dutch Church on Sunday July 10, 1864 with Reverends William P. Davis and E. Vedder officiating.
Lt. M. H. Barckley is buried in Knox Cemetery.
Additional Research Notes
"Originally enrolled as the 113th New York Infantry Regiment when mustered into service on August 18, 1862, the unit was converted into the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery in December, 1862. An additional two companies were added, bringing the Seventh Heavy to twelve companies." His remains were buried at the Knox Reformed Cemetery.
The Knox Historical Society has many historical documents related to Barckley at the Saddlemire Homestead in Knox, including original letters and military papers. Many are difficult to read, and transcriptions are open to discussion.
- July 18, 1862 - Authorization to enroll volunteers
- 1862 - 1864 - Company Muster Rolls
- June 6, 1864? - Letter from Edward to Michael Barckley
- June 15, 1864 - Letter from Johnson to his brother
- June 25, 1864 - Letter from mother to husband
- June 30, 1864 - Bill for Hospital Stay
- July 6, 1864 - Record of Death and Interment
- July 7, 1864 - Bill for Hospital Stay
- April 22, 1886 - Casualty Sheet
- May 28, 1866 - Letter from Charles M. Niles to H. Barcklay
War Record of Famous Albany Regiment of 1862
Huested, Alfred B. War record of famous Albany Regiment of 1862 : History that was read by Dr. A. B. Huested at the reunion of 100 survivors on the occasion of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the old 113th Regiment, later known as the Seventh Heavy Artillery. 1912. from http://dmna.state.ny.us/
Barckley is mentioned in Diaries of George H. Warner
History of the County of Albany, by Howell and Tenny, has the following:
Lieutenant Michael H. Barckley, born Knox, November 15, 1840; graduated Union College, 1862. Raised a Company in Knox and was commissioned First Lieutenant Company K, 113th Regiment. He went with his regiment through all its engagements. Was wounded at Cold Harbor, and died July 6, 1864.
Carnival of Blood
The following excerpt is from Carnival of Blood, by Richard Keating:
- Page 3
In the rural hamlet of Knox, in farm country ten miles west of Albany, young Michael Barckley gained a commission as first lieutenant in Company K, primarily because he was a recent college graduate, but he had also managed to convince twenty-one men from the small community to enlist in the Regiment. His recruiting efforts were then a cause for admiration and celebration, during the patriotic euphoria which gripped the Northern States in the summer of 1862. Three years later, Barckley and sixteen of the twenty-one were dead, and the mood would be far different."
- Page 154-6
Another popular officer was struck down that day. Nearly two years earlier, when he had been mustered in as a First Lieutenant in Company K, Michael Henry Barkley had been presented with a sword and sash, and a belt and pistol, given to him by the citizens of his small home town of Knox, in rural Albany County. At the ceremony , he had been reminded that the Bible "cursed [him] who keepeth back his sword from blood." And then they had sent him off to war, with a prayer that invoked God, not only to protect him, but also to grant him an honorable death and a heavenly salvation: " May God sustain you in your trials, give you a valiant heart, shield you from evil, and return you and your comrades to us again in peace. If it may be, or if it must be, that you fall, be yours an honored grave,...by and by to enjoy the bliss of heaven."
In accepting the gifts, the Union College graduate promised "...to hold them sacred, to use them where duty calls, and never return them dishonored." Keeping his word, his sword had been blooded during the assault, and on that Sunday morning, when a Rebel shell fragment ripped through his right leg just above his knee, his trial was indeed about to lead to an honored grave. In an effort to save his life, his leg was amputated above the knee that same day. Three days later, while waiting to be put aboard a hospital transport, he wrote to his father, explaining the situation, and urging him not to worry: "Do not be alarmed, as I am getting along first rate." But Barckley was destined to die in a Washington hospital on the evening of July 6. Just before his death, he remarked to his mother, "I could not die in a better cause."
At his funeral in the Knox Dutch Reformed Church four days later, his sword lay amongst flowers strewn upon his flag-bedecked coffin. His pastor described the ceremony: "Citizens from every direction flocked to the house in mourning until the church was filled to its unmost capacity, the vestibule crowded, and the grounds in front filled by a multitude from far and near.... After the ceremony, the assembly followed his remains, in slow and solemn procession, to the new cemetery and on a most beautiful spot, overlooking the place that gave him birth,.... was deposited the lifeless form of the once loved and noble youth...."
Michael, born in Knox in 1840, educated in the public schools, and grew to manhood on his father's farm; when the civil war broke out he was active in raising a company and went to the front as lieutenant of Company K, Seventh New York Heavy Artillery; at the battle of Cold Harbor he was wounded by a bursting shell, taken to a military hospital at Washington, D. C., where he died from the effects of his wound, 1864; he was unmarried; his memory is preserved in Altamont where Michael Barckley Post, Grand Army of the Republic, is named in his honor.
Landmarks of Albany County
Michael H. Barckley, born in the town of Knox, graduated at Union College, raised a company in his town, was wounded at Cold Harbor and died July 6, 1864.
Union College Alumni in the Civil War
Union College Alumni in the Civil War 1861-1865 by Union University, Schenectady, NY, Published 1915 page 91
"1862 Michael Barckley A.B. 1st Lieut. 7th NY Heavy Artillery, Killed at Cold Harbor, Va June 5, 1864"
Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs
Reynolds, Cuyler, Hudson-Mohawk Genelaogical and Family Memoirs, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, NY 1911 page 1605-6
"Michael, born in Knox in 1840, educated in the public schools, and grew to manhood on his father's farm; when the civil war broke out he was active in raising a company and went to the front as lieutenant of Company K, Seventh New York Heary Artiller; at the battle of Cold Harbor he was wounded by a bursting shell, taken to a military hospital at Washington, D.C. where he died from the effects of his wound, 1864; he was unmarried his memory is preserved in Altamont where Michael Barckley Post, Grand Army of the Republic, is named in his honor."
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", Publ 1867, pg. 545
- Reynolds, Cuyler, Hudson-Mohawk Genelaogical and Family Memoirs, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, NY 1911 page 1605-6, Ancestry.com
- 1850 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
- 1860 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
- Union University Schenectady, NY, Union College Alumni in the Civil War 1861, 1865, Published 1915, page 91, Google Books
- Gazetteer and Business Directory of Albany and Schenectady Co., NY for 1870-71 by Hamilton Child
- United States Official Postal Guide by United States Post Office Department, Published 1851 page 138, Google books
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886
- "American Civil War Soldiers" (Ancestry.com)