Jasper Adalmorn Maltby

Jasper Adalmorn MaltbyJasper Adalmor Maltby During the mid 1850s Maltby moved to Galena to establish a gunsmith shop on Main Street. He was talented gunsmith and was the inventor of one of the first telescopic sites. He lived above the shop with his wife and one son.

  • Born 1826, Ashtabula County, Ohio; saw service in Mexican War; wounded at Chapultepec
  • Moved to Galena in 1850, opening a gunsmithing and sporting accessories business
  • Married Melvina James in 1852; had one son, Henry
  • With fellow Galenian John E. Smith, instrumental in forming the 45th Illinois Infantry, the “Washburne Lead Mine Regiment”
  • Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 45th, September 1861; wounded at Fort Donelson
  • Promoted Colonel, November 1862; wounded at Vicksburg; promoted Brigadier General, August 1863
  • Mustered out, January 1866, entering mercantile business in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Appointed military mayor of Vicksburg, and head of registration bureau, enrolling black voters
  • Died in Vicksburg, December 12, 1867; buried in Galena’s Greenwood Cemetery, March 1868

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