Lost Limbs Foundation

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Private John Moy

Pictured here is Private John Moy of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry regiment. An immigrant from Switzerland, Moy enlisted in the Spring of 1861 at the age of 22. During his time with the regiment, Moy fought in several now-famous Civil War battles, including Cedar Mountain, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Second Manassas.      During the fighting at Manassas on August 28, 1862, Moy and the 6th Wisconsin were among the first Union troops to become embroiled in the fighting at Brawner Farm. In the coming year after many fierce fights on numerous battlefields, the 6th Wisconsin and several other midwestern regiments would become known collectively as the "Iron Brigade." In this photograph, taken shortly after Gettysburg, John Moy's determined pose graphically illustrates that famous "Iron Brigade" resolve.
     The Civil War ended for John Moy in 1864, when he died of a mortal wound on May 13 as a result of fighting around Spotsylvania Court House.