John A. Lockley was born at No. 70 Lumber street, Albany, on the 22d of September, 1843, and was the son of Richard and Hannah Lockley. He was one of the most affectionate of sons, always kind and obedient. He was very conscientious, and the least wrong act made him very unhappy. He was not a professor of religion, but was very faithful in attending the Sabbath school and church. The feelings that led him to enlist were purely patriotic. He received no bounty; but said if his country needed him he was ready to devote himself to her service. He enlisted in Company K, Ellsworth Regiment, Forty-fourth New York State Volunteers. The first battle he was in was at Hanover Court House, where he served as first corporal. His Captain, Alexander McRoberts of this city, under whom he was killed, said that he was the best soldier in his company. He was always prompt and ready to execute any order given to him. He was killed at the battle of Gaines' Mills, on the 27th of June, 1862. A ball struck him just above the mouth, and passed through his
head. Of his last moments and of his burial, we have no reliable information.
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