Colonel Joseph Miller McChesney of the 9th
New Jersey Volunteers and 1st North Carolina Union Volunteers,
was born in Trenton, New Jersey on Sept. 25, 1838. He was a Civil War
Union Army officer. He was mustered in as Captain of Company M, 9th
New Jersey Volunteers on November 19, 1861. He was later transferred to
Company A, on November 24, 1862 and fought at Roanoke Island and New Bern.
He was then promoted to Colonel of the 1st North Carolina (Union)
Volunteers, February 20, 1863. During the fall of 1864, he was arrested by
the Federal Army for the unnecessary destruction of property in Washington,
North Carolina and was later exonerated and returned to active command. He
suffered a wound to his right knee at a skirmish at Washington, North
Carolina and should have had the leg amputated but he refused. When
the hot weather of July came he fell ill with typhoid fever and died on
August 14, 1865. He was in command of Fort Macon, North Carolina at
that time. He is buried at Westminster Cemetery in Cranbury, Middlesex
Co., New Jersey. Photographer: Clarke, New York, NY.