(1822 - 1862)
Home State: Rhode Island
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd Division, 9th Corps
Before the war he was a merchant and politician. In June 1861 he was commissioned Captain in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry and fought at First Bull Run, VA in July. In October 1861 he resigned his commission and was appointed Colonel of the 4th Rhode Island Infantry. He led the Regiment on the Carolinas expedition and at Roanoke Island, New Bern, and Fort Macon. In April 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers.
On the Campaign
He commanded the Third Division in the Federal Ninth Corps, and was mortally wounded after leading the Division over Antietam Creek at Snavely's Ford and into the assault on the Confederate positions near Sharpsburg on the afternoon of 17 September 1862. He was relieved by Colonel Harland in command of the Division.
He died of wounds in a hospital in the Henry Rohrbach farmhouse just east of the lower (Rohrbach, later Burnside) bridge. He was one of the 6 General Officers killed or mortally wounded at Sharpsburg.
References & notes
More on the Web
See more about him, with excellent details about his movements after being wounded, in an extensive bio sketch by Robert E. Gough (2011), hosted by the University of Rhode Island (thanks to Tom Shay for the pointer).
08/18/1822; South Kingstown, RI
09/30/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Rodman Family Cemetery, South Kingstown, RI
1 Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Blue, Lives of the Union Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1964 [AotW citation 29464]
2 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 35 [AotW citation 29465]