Reisterstown in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dedicated on the 100th anniversary of The Spanish-American War July 13, 1998.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 39° 27.855′ N, 76° 49.757′ W. Marker is in Reisterstown, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is at the intersection of Cockey’s Mill Road and Reisterstown Road (Maryland Route 140), on the left when traveling east on Cockey’s Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reisterstown MD 21136, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John and Margaret Reister (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldest High School in Baltimore County (about 400 feet away); Colonel William Norris (about 500 feet away); Glyndon Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hannah More Academy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Glyndon (approx. 1.1 miles away); Original Cornerstone of the Franklin Senior High School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Original Bell of the Franklin Academy (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reisterstown.
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Also see . . .
1. Photo of Augustus Walley at Findagrave.com. (Submitted on April 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Augustus Walley. Short biography of Augustus Walley. (Submitted on February 23, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Augustus Walley
1st Sgt. Augustus Walley was one of three Maryland-born, Afro-American cavalrymen who received the Medal of Honor on the western frontier, the others being Sgt. Thomas Boyne and Cpl. William O. Wilson. The following profile is extracted from "The Buffalo Soldier Story: The Proud History of the 9th and 10th Cavalry - Maryland Military Heroes" which is found at <http://members.aol.com/baltbufsol/heroes.html>
Augustus Walley was born into slavery on March 10, 1856, in Reisterstown, Maryland. Freed after the Civil War, he worked as a laborer in the Reisterstown area until 1878. On November 26, 1878, he enlisted in Baltimore and was assigned to the 9th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry, as a private with Troop I. He was shipped to the western frontier, serving continuously until his retirement in 1907, with 29 years of service.
Events leading to the application for a Medal of Honor (for his bravery on August 16, 1881, in action against hostile Apaches at Cuchillo Negro Mountain, New Mexico) were cited by Lieut. George R. Burnett, 9th
Lt. Burnett also cited numerous other instances of Private Walley's gallantry during the two years under his command, and the medal recommendation was approved by the Regimental Commander, Colonel Edward Hatch who also recommended that the soldier be awarded a Certificate of Merit for distinguished service - considered an even higher tribute at that time.
The Medal of Honor was awarded to Pvt. Augustus Walley on October 1, 1890, with a Certificate of Merit.
During the Spanish-American War, then Sergeant Walley was sent to Cuba with the 10th U.S. Cavalry and was awarded another Certificate of Merit for gallantry under fire. He subsequently spent two years in the Philippines Islands during the Philippine-American War (a.k.a. the Philippine "Insurrection") with the 10th Cavalry and ultimately retired from the "Buffalo Soldiers" in 1907.
Walley took up residence in Butte, Montana before being recalled to active duty during the First World War on May 1, 1918. He was assigned as First Sergeant,
— Submitted April 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Categories. • African Americans • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Spanish-American • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,270 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on April 18, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on August 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 7. submitted on June 18, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.