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Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis




Born: June 11, 1822

Shippensburg, PA

Died: September 28, 1889

Saint Paul, MN



West Point Grad: June 1846

Brevet 2nd Lieutenant: June 1846

1st Lieutenant:



Brig. Gen. of Volunteers:

Aug 10, 1861

Brevet Maj. Gen.:

Reverted back to Lt. Col.:

Colonel: May 6, 1869

Retired: 1886

June 1846: West Point Graduate - 32nd out of 59

Assigned to 2nd U.S. Dragoons

1846 - 1848: Mexican American War serving with 1st U.S. Dragoons

Captured and held for 8 days while performing reconnaissance near Buena Vista, Mexico

Served in the West and took part in a few Indian Campaigns

1851: Married Jerusha Wilcox

With outbreak of war, was promoted to Major

August 10, 1861: Battle of Wilson's Creek

Support of Gen. Pope's Army of Virginia prior to August 29-30, 1862: 2nd Battle of Bull Run

Command 2nd Division of IX Corps

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam

December 11- 15, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg

1863 - Sent west with IX Corps

Chief of Cavalry of the Department of the Ohio

June 10, 1864: Routed by Gen Forrest at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads

March 1865: After being mustered out of the Volunteer Service, he reverted back to his regular rank of Lieutenant Colonel

May 6, 1869: Became Colonel and Commander of 7th U.S. Cavalry

June 25-26, 1876: Battle of Little Big Horn was on detached duty at St. Louis, MO

1877: Campaign against the Nez Pierce

1881-1886: Governor of Soldier's Home in Washington, D.C.

1886: Retired from the U.S. Army

Boatner, Mark M. III The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 816-817

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1964. 486-487

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