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A. Pleasonton
A. Pleasonton

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

Alfred Pleasonton

(1824 - 1897)
Home State: District Of Columbia
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: Pleasonton's Cavalry Division

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He graduated from the USMA in 1844, saw service in the Mexican War and on frontier duty. In August 1861 he was Capt. in the 2nd US Cavalry, then Maj. in the defences of Washington and on the Peninsula campaign. In July 1862 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers in command of the 2nd Brigade/Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the Federal Cavalry Division.

The remainder of the War:
He continued in command of the Division at Fredericksburg, then commanded then the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps at Chancellorsville. In June 1863 he was promoted to MGen. of Volunteers, commanding the Cavalry Corps at Brandy Station and in the Gettysburg campaign. He later commanded the Districts of Central Missouri and St Louis (during Price's raid).

After the War:
He continued in career Army service resigning in 1868.

Birth Date: 7/7/1824    Place of Birth: Washington, DC    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1844    
Death Date: 2/17/1897    Death Place: Washington, DC    

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