"Colonel Jasper A. Maltby of the Lead Mine Regiment be made a briga- dier general of volunteers for conspicuous personal gallantry in the face of the enemy.
A week later Grant's victorious forces marched into Vicksburg. The thing was done. It had been Colonel Maltby's heart-born desire to march into Vicksburg at the head of his regiment. This desire was known. There was a request from General Logan that the surgeons hold a consultation. It was held. The result of it was that Colonel Maltby was placed on a cot in an ambulance which was drawn into the conquered city, while following came the surviving members of the Forth-fifth Illinois. Maltby had his wish.
Colonel Jasper A. Maltby, or General Jasper A. Maltby, as it soon became, lived until the end of the war, but no system could long withstand the shock and pain of those gaping wounds. He died in the very city he had helped to conquer.
Since then a flag and a precious memory were rarely absent from the life which finally flickered out when the white-haired little widow died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Edward B. Clark."
Note. Col. Maltby's sister, Rachel Matilda, mar. Samuel G. Barber, and had a son, Jasper Maltby Barber of Willard, Ohio. In 1940 he wrote he owned three letters of Col. Jasper Maltby, written to his father, David (6) during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Also the gold band ring that was presented to Col. Maltby by General McPherson.
Sent me was the following:
"Maltby, a well known name in West Virginia and Maltby Bridge, the scene of a battle in the Civil War, was just a few miles from Clarkes- burgh, West Virginia." (This may have been named for a confederate).
(Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, ed. Hist. Encyclopedia of Illinois and Hist. of Sangamon Co. Vol. I. p.349)
"Maltby, Jasper A., soldier, was born in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, Nov. 3, 1826. Served as a private in the Mexican War and was severe- ly wounded at Chapultepec. After his discharge he established him- self in the mercantile business at Galena, Ill. In 1861 entered the volunteer service as Lieut-Col., of 45th Ill. Infantry; was wounded at Fort Donelson, promoted Colonel in Nov. 1862; wounded a second time at Vicksburg; commissioned Brigadier-General in Aug. 1863, served through the subsequent campaigns of the Army of Tennessee, and was mustered out, Jan. 1866. Later he was appointed by the Commander of the district, Mayor of Vicksburg, dying in the office, Dec. 12, 1867." (It is said he died of yellow fever).
VII.1454. Lydia Elizabeth Maltby, b. Sept. 8, 1828 (David 6, Wm.5, Wm.4, Jos.3, Dan.2, Wm.1). Mar. Dec. 1, 1853, Perry Kenyon Barber. (Records by her in her 83rd year).
Children: VIII.2736. Jason A. Barber, b. Jan. 24, 1855. VIII.2737. Draper W. " b. Mch. 12, 1856; d. Apr. 16, 1876. VIII.2738. Rosa " b. Aug. 23, 1866; mar. a Mr. Beck, about 1902. Res. (1915) Denver, Colorado.