On September 11, 1862 Mary Mooney got terrible news. The young wife received a note from a nurse telling her she had to hurry to her husband in Virginia from her home in New York. Felix, her husband, had been wounded at the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862 and taken prisoner. By the time of his release he had contracted a chronic illness and was extremely weak. Mary rushed to Virginia as soon as she had word, but to no avail. Felix had been dead an entire day before and was already buried.