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A. Pleasonton

A. Pleasonton

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

Alfred Pleasonton

(1824 - 1897)

Home State: District Of Columbia

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1844

Command Billet: Commanding Division

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: Cavalry Division


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He graduated from the USMA in 1844, saw service in the Mexican War and on frontier duty. In August 1861 he was Capt. in the 2nd US Cavalry, then Maj. in the defences of Washington and on the Peninsula campaign. In July 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers in command of the 2nd Brigade/Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Federal Cavalry Division.

The rest of the War

He continued in command of the Division at Fredericksburg, then commanded then the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps at Chancellorsville. In June 1863 he was promoted to Major General of Volunteers, commanding the Cavalry Corps at Brandy Station and in the Gettysburg campaign. He later commanded the Districts of Central Missouri and St Louis (during Price's raid).

After the War

He continued in career Army service resigning in 1868.


7/7/1824; Washington, DC


2/17/1897; Washington, DC