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A.L. Pearson

A.L. Pearson

Federal (USV)


Alfred Lawrence Pearson

(1838 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Allegheny College, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was studying the law at start of the War, and was admitted to the bar in January 1862. He enrolled as the original Captain, Company A, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 23 August 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major on 31 December 1862, to Lieutenant Colonel on 1 November 1863, and Colonel on 6 July 1864. He was honored by brevets to Brigadier General (30 September 1864, for the battle of Peebles' Farm, Va) and Major General (1 March 1865, for War service). He was awarded the Medal of Honor (1897) for his actions at Lewis' Farm, VA on 29 March 1865, on the Petersburg Campaign. He mustered out with his Regiment on 2 June 1865.

After the War

He practiced law and was elected District Attorney, Allegheny County, PA (1868-) and was a Major General in the National Guard in PA (1870-78). He was later a member of the Board of Managers, national military homes.

References & notes

Basic information and his picture from Porter1, with details from Bates2. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.


12/28/1838; Pittsburgh, PA


01/06/1903; Sewickley, PA; burial in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburg, PA


1   Porter, John T. , Financial Secretary, and Charles F. McKenna, compiler & editor, Under the Maltese Cross, Antietam to Appomattox, the Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865: Campaigns of the 155th Pennsylvania Regiment, Pittsburgh: 155th Regimental Association, 1910, pp. 719 - 736  [AotW citation 13615]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13635]