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A.J. Sellers

A.J. Sellers

Federal (USV)

Major

Alfred Jacob Sellers

(1836 - 1908)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Regimental Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 90th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was commissioned Captain, Company B, 19th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months service on 27 April 1861 and was discharged 29 August 1861. He was made Major, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry on 26 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was honored by brevets to Lieutenant Colonel for "gallant and meritorious conduct" at South Mountain on 14 September and Colonel for Antietam on the 17th.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action, his leg broken, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor for leading his Regiment at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863. He was honorably discharged on 29 February 1864. He was appointed Captain and Acting Quartermaster, US Volunteers on 2 July 1864 and mustered out 31 October 1865.

References & notes

Military service dates from Heitman1. His photograph from one in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

03/02/1836; Plumsteadville, PA

Death

09/20/1908 Philadelphia, PA; burial in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Notes

1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 873  [AotW citation 14896]

2   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: Vol. 94, pg. 4846  [AotW citation 14897]