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Re: Daniel Fallon
Posted by: Thomas Fallon (ID *****6319) Date: August 22, 2010 at 16:13:46
In Reply to: Daniel Fallon by Stephen C PRUYN of 796

I have record of Daniel Fallon, who was the eldest son to Daniel and Bridget Fallon, lived about 1843 to January 2, 1924.

According to information garnered from his Civil War pension records, Daniel Fallon was born in May 1843 in Ireland. He migrated to the United States in the late 1840s with his parents, Daniel and Bridget, his brother, Christopher, and his sister, Maria. His father died in 1854 as a result of an accident while working, leaving his mother to provide for herself and the three young children.

On September 5, 1862, Daniel enlisted in the Union Army and on September 24, 1862, he was assigned to Company I, 43rd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers which was organized at Camp Meigs, Readville, Mass. and known as the "Tiger Regiment."

On November 10, 1862, the regiment traveled by the steamer, Merrimac, to Beaufort, North Carolina where it arrived on November 15, 1862 encamping at Camp Rogers near Newborn, North Carolina. Subsequently, the regiment engaged in numerous expeditions and battles finally returning to Boston, Massachusetts in July 1863 when the unit was disbanded. (See the unit history at the Massachusetts Civil War Research Center.)

On November 17, 1864, Daniel joined Company C, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. The regiment was comprised of two groups; one group was organized in California, the other was begun in Massachusetts. Both groups were united at Camp Meigs, Readville, Massachusetts. The regiment was originally started in late 1862 and participated in many engagements before and during Daniel's enlistment. At some point in late 1864 or early 1865, Daniel was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army, likely in the Virginia area. His records show him at Parole Camp in January and February 1865. He was "exchanged" in a prisoner swap on March 27, 1865 at Annapolis, Maryland and rejoined his unit. Because the regiment was engaged in the battle at Appomattox Court House, Daniel probably witnessed Lee's surrender in 1865. On July 20, 1865, the unit was disbanded and Daniel was mustered out of service at Fairfax (Virginia) Court House. (For more details of the regiment's history, see the Civil War Archives.)

From October 15, 1867 until September 15, 1870, Daniel served with Company E, 7th U.S. Infantry Regiment. At the time of his enlistment at Camp Columbus, New York, this unit was serving in Florida during Reconstruction. (Daniel is reported "sick" at Fort Brooke, Florida.) In April 1869, the unit was consolidated with another unit and ordered to the Department of the Platte. The following year, the unit was deployed to Montana with headquarters at Fort Shaw. Daniel was mustered out of service at Fort Benton, Montana.

Thereafter, Daniel lived with his mother at 222 Franklin Street, Cambridge, Mass. until her death in December 1892. His mother owned at least two multiple family dwellings on Franklin Street and her son, Christopher, and his family occupied one unit while her daughter, Maria, and her family occupied another. At the time, the country was in a depression and the properties were lost to foreclosure. Christopher and his family moved to Melrose, Massachusetts briefly and then to Malden, Massachusetts, while Maria and her family stayed elsewhere in Cambridge, Mass. Daniel became a resident of the Soldiers Home in Togus, Maine. Later, at least by July 1912, Daniel moved to the Soldiers Home in Los Angeles, California. In 1923, Daniel was living at the St. Joseph's Sanitarium in San Diego, California, probably due to his lung disease. On January 2, 1924, he died and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, California.

Editorial by Thomas H. Fallon
August 2006

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