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Peter Shelly
Private, Company I
born: September, 1843 place: Ashland County, Ohio
father: Michael Shelly born: June 30, 1811 place: Shelly Island, Pennsylvania died: May 13, 1891 place: Wayne County, Ohio
mother: Elizabeth Houser born: 1815 place: Pennsylvania died: 1890 place: Wayne County, Ohio
pre-war occupation: place: post-war occupation: place:
married: April 21, 1868 to: Lucy J. Weltmer place:
wife born: May 7, 1847 place: Wayne County, Ohio died: January 13, 1923 place: Montgomery, Ohio
child: Washington Irving born: July 14, 1869 place: Wayne County, Ohio died: January 4, 1951 place: Montgomery, Ohio
died: November 14, 1907 place: at home, near Ashland, Ohio cause of death: "sudden illness"
burial: Maple Grove place: Ashland County, Ohio
Military Career
3-year service: August 11, 1862 Private Company I place:
captured: December 28, 1862 Private Company I place: Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi
paroled: December 31, 1862 Private Company I place: Vicksburg, Mississippi
imprisoned: January 22, 1863 to March 13, 1863 Private Company I place: Jackson, Mississippi
exchanged: Private Company I place:
transferred: October 5, 1864 Private Company C, 114th OVI place:
injured: broken collar bone unloading supplies place: Decros Point, Matagorda, Texas
discharged: July 31, 1865 place: Andrews Post, Houston, Texas

Additional Details

Details and images, below, provided by Jon Fackler, great-great grandson of Private Shelly

25 page journal of Pvt. Peter Shelly
gravestone of Cyrus Anderson

Parole Document issued by the Confederate Army to Peter Shelly shortly after his capture at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou.

Although the date of parole as shown on the document is December 31, 1862, Peter Shelly was not actually released until March 13, 1863 or later. Frequently, captured soldiers were paroled soon after capture. Eventually they were returned to the opposing force. The opposing force, in this case the United States, typically transported the paroled soldiers to Camp Parole, Maryland, and then transported them home before rejoining their units. By agreement between the North and South, paroled soldiers were not allowed to participate in any military activities until the were officially exchanged, that is, traded for a soldier from other side. Peter Shelly followed this same path.

Newspaper obituary for Peter Shelly from Ashland Times-Gazette published in the The Mansfield News, November 16, 1907.

Gravestone of Peter Shelly and wife located in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ashland County, Ohio.

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