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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Capt. Edward B. Carroll

This brave young officer was born in the county of Tipperary, Ireland, on the 24th of March, 1840, of poor, but worthy parents. The family emigrated to this country in 1850, and since that time have resided in Albany.

When the rebellion broke out in April, 1861, their younger son, Michael Carroll, entered the army in defence of the Union on the 19th of that month, and was honorably discharged in September, 1862. He was a color-bearer in one of the New York Regiments.

The subject of this notice, the only other son of this family then living, entered the Sixty-third Regiment New York Volunteers as a private in Company K, in September, 1861. This regiment was composed of Irishmen, and was attached to the famous Irish Brigade commanded by Gen. Thomas F. Meagher. Young Carroll continued with this regiment through all the campaigns of General McClellan in Virginia, and fought in almost every battle of the Peninsula and at Antietam. He was several times slightly wounded; but he was severely wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg. In the winter of 1863, on recommendation of his superior officers, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After the recovery of his wound received at Fredericksburg, he joined his regiment in time to take part in the battle of Chancellorsville. After this fight, owing to the terrible destruction in the ranks of the Sixty-third Regiment, several of the companies were consolidated; when he, with some other officers, were mustered out of service, and he returned to Albany to visit his parents.

There he remained till March, 1864, when he again joined theSixty-third Regiment as a private, and was at once promoted to a Second Lieutenancy. Shortly after, for valor on the field, he was promoted to a First Lieutenancy, and then to a Captaincy. He passed through the bloody campaign under General Grant from the Rapidan to Hatcher's Run, where he was killed in battle on the 3d of April, 1865, only a few days before the surrender of General Lee's army.

He had been in more than twenty-five battles and skirmishes; and after being several times wounded, he fell at the head of his command while charging the enemy at Hatcher's Run. He was mortally wounded by a bullet that struck him in the forehead.

Capt. Carroll was a silversmith by trade, and was an industrious and exemplary young man. From childhood he was a good boy, and delighted to assist by his labor his parents, and did much to make them comfortable and happy. His parents are Roman Catholics, and he adhered to the same faith. Without fortune or influence, except what his good character gave him, he rose from a private to the position of Captain in the celebrated Irish Brigade, where all were brave, and where he was highly esteemed and greatly beloved.

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