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E. Sumner
E. Sumner

Federal (USA)

Major General

Edwin Vose Sumner

(1797 - 1863)
Home State: Massachusetts
Command Billet: Corps Commander
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: Second (II) Army Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He began his Army career in 1819, when he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd US Infantry. Subsequently he was:
1st Lt 25 Jan 1823;
Captain 1st Dragoons 4 Mar 1833;
Major, 2nd Dragoons 30 June 1846;
Cited by brevets for conspicuous performance in the Mexican War (1847 - 48);
Lt Colonel, 1st Dragoons, 13 July 1848;
Colonel, 1st US Cavalry 3 Mar 1855;
Brigadier General, USA, 16 Mar 1861; and
Major General of Volunteers 4 July 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Commanded the Federal Second (II) Army Corps

The remainder of the War:
When Burnside was relieved after the Mud March and Fredericksburg, Sumner requested other duty. He died in New York State before he could assume command of the Department of the Missouri.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889.

Birth Date: 1/30/1797    Place of Birth: Boston, MA    
College: Milton (MA) Academy    
Death Date: 3/21/1863    Death Place: Syracuse, NY    Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY

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