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A.L. Magilton

A.L. Magilton

Federal (USA)


Albert Lewis Magilton

(? - 1875)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1846;Class Rank: 18th

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, I Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

After West Point he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th US Artillery, and served in the Mexican War (1847 - 48). He was promoted to 1st Lt in 1849 and Captain in June 1857, but resigned from the Army in December.

He was appointed Lt Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Reserves in June 1861, and accepted the Colonelcy of the 4th Reserves on 4 Ocober 1861.

On the Campaign

At South Mountain on September 14th, General Meade having succeeded to the command of the division, Colonel Magilton assumed command of the Second Brigade. He led it there and at Antietam on the 17th.

The rest of the War

He resigned from the service 23 December 1862, shortly after Fredericksburg.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903. The photograph above is part of one found in J.R. Sypher's small book on the Pennsylvania Reserves at Antietam; scanned and kindly provided by John David Hoptak.


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