William Clendenning Alberger(1838 - ?)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 49th New York Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Before the War he had been a Lieutenant in Company D of the 74th New York State Militia, at Buffalo, NY. He was appointed Captain, Company D as his men mustered into Federal service as part of the 21st NY Infantry in May 1861. He left that unit to accept a commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the 49th Infantry on 18 September 1861 as the Regiment was being organized in Buffalo.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He led the 49th at Antietam in the absence of Colonel Bidwell. He was wounded there on 17 September and relieved in command by Major Johnson.
The remainder of the War:
He was discharged on disability on 10 December 1862, but later served in the Veteran Reserve Corps.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Service details here from Phisterer1. His photograph from a standing portrait in the collection of the NY State Military Museum, found through the New York Heritage website.
1 Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pp. 1974, 2383 [AotW citation 966]
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