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W. H. P. Steere

W. H. P. Steere

Federal (USV)


William Henry Peck Steere

(1817 - 1882)

Home State: Rhode Island

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

He enrolled 5 June 1861 as Captain, Company D, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 22 July 1861. By 2 May 1862 he was commanding the Regiment. He was appointed Colonel of the 4th Rhode Island Infantry on 12 June 1862.

On the Campaign

Colonel Steere was wounded in the thigh sometime after 4pm on the 17th in fighting west of the bridge, and was relieved in command by Lieutenant Colonel Curtis.

The rest of the War

He was absent, wounded, to May 1863. He commanded the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Corps from July to September 1863, then in the 18th Corps to May 1864. He commanded the post at Williamsburg, VA to July 1864 and was on leave to September. He mustered out of service on 15 October 1864. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General 13 March 1865 for gallant and meritorious service during the War.

References & notes

Basic information from Dyer1. His photo from Uriguen2. His life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.




08/25/1882 Providence, RI; burial in North Burial Ground, Providence, RI


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pp. 206, 312  [AotW citation 14030]

2   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <>  [AotW citation 14031]