Charles Vanmally
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Co  , 5th Ohio Cavalry



enlisted Sept. 13, 1861 for 3 years; captured June 19, 1863 in action near Coldwater, Miss


mustered out Nov. 29, 1864 at Columbus Ohio on expiration of term of service










age 19











Biography :  

Charles L Vanmally a Private.  Circumstances of his capture are related in the regiment story: "In June 1863 a severe battle was fought at Coldwater, Miss., in which the regiment was engaged. An expedition, composed of 100 men each from the 5th Ohio, 2nd Ill. and 1st Mo. cavalry, was sent out toward Panola, Miss., under command of Maj. Henry, and on June 20, while in bivouac on the plantation of Dr. Adkins, 12 miles south of Hernando, was surrounded in a dense fog by Gen. Chalmers with a force of 2,000 men, with 6 field-guns. The little band, however, by a gallant charge cut through the enemy's lines and escaped, although closely pursued for 10 miles, the killed, wounded and missing of the 5th numbering 80 men". 

The Vanmalle/Van Mally family established herself in Newtonsville village, in the Clermont county, Ohio just before the year of 1850. The father John was a wagon maker and his wife Rosannah was the mother of at least five children: Seraphinus (M) born around 1836, Charles (M) born around 1839, Julia (F) born around 1844, Andrew (M) born around 1847. All were born in Belgium. The last one, Maria (F) was born in July 1850, in Ohio. Others were born at the same place, like Jennie born Nov. 15, 1876 and Paulina born April 25, 1879. The two oldest brothers enlisted in Ohio units during the Civil War. Finley (Seraphinus) in the 89th Ohio Infantry and Charles, the subject of this small biography, in the 5th Ohio cavalry.  

His oldest brother, Seraphinus/Finley, enlisted under the name of James F. (or John F.). In September almost all the regiment was captured in the battle of Chickamauga.  The privates were sent at Andersonville were a lot of them died of privations. James F. Van Malley was one of them and died October 18, 1864. He is buried in the Andersonville prison cemetery Section H, site 11097. After the war, his mother, now a widow, asked and was granted a pension. She lived a long time in Newtonsville under the care of her family and died in 1890. She is buried in the Old Baptist Church cemetery. 

Charles went back home after the war and in 1875married, at the age of 34, Mollie Whitaker, 22 y.o. in Clermont County. At a time they went to California where I find them around 1890. A carpenter living in Los Angeles. They had two children. I know only from one, Lulu, a dress maker were Mary went, when Charles was admitted at the Soldiers' Home on January 16, 1896 suffering of asthma. Charles spent there his last years till May 25, 1911 and died at Patton, San Bernardino county, California on May 26, 1913

 Sources :
Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Santa Monica, California