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A. Torbert
A. Torbert

Federal (USA)


Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert

(1833 - 1880)
Home State: Delaware
Command Billet: Commanding Brigade
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He graduated from the USMA in 1855, serving on frontier duty, in the Seminole war, and on the Utah expedition. By February 1861 he was a 1st Lt. in the 5th US Infantry, amd in September was appointed Colonel of the 1st New Jersey Regiment which saw action on the Peninsula campaign. He then led the 1st ("1st New Jersey") Brigade /1st Division/VI Corps at Second Bull Run after its commander, Brig. Gen. George Taylor, was mortally wounded at that battle.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the First Brigade of the First Division of the Sixth (VI) Army Corps, and was wounded at Crampton's Gap during the bayonet charges of his Brigade.

The remainder of the War:
In November 1862 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers with command of the Brigade at Gettysburg. He then led the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps in the Overland campaign, and commanded the Cavalry Corps on the Shenandoah Valley campaign and at Cedar Creek.

After the War:
He continued his Army career, resigning in 1866. He then was a minor diplomat and businessman.

He was drowned at sea in the wreck of the steamer Vera Cruz off Cape Canaveral, Florida, while on his way to Mexico as president of a mining company.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Source: 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: 7/1/1833    Place of Birth: Georgetown, DE    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1855    Class Rank: 21
Death Date: 8/29/1880    Death Place: at sea, off Florida coast    Burial Place: Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Milford, DE

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