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Federal (USA)


Alexander E. Sheldon

(1840 - 1891)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

At the start of the War he was a law student at Columbia College, and served in the 7th New York State Militia (19 April - 3 June 1861). He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 4th US Infantry in August 1861. Present at Yorktown, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Manassas, and Antietam. Promoted First Lieutenant, Company A, in June 1862.

The rest of the War

In action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Promoted to Captain in August 1864, and on recruiting duty 1864-65. Brevetted Major for War service.

After the War

He resigned his commission on 21 April 1866. He worked for his father's firm Sheldon & Co. and its magazine, The Galaxy, until that was sold in 1877. He was then cashier of the Company until his death.

References & notes

Basic information from Powell1 and Heitman2. Birth date from his gravesite on Findagrave. Other details from an obituary in The Publishers Weekly for 20 June 1891.


11/09/1840; Albany County, NY


06/11/1891; Brooklyn, NY; burial in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY


1   Powell, William Henry, A History of the Organization and Movements of the Fourth Regiment of Infantry, United States Army, Washington, DC: McGill and Witherow, Printers and Stereotypers, 1871, pp. 88 - 202  [AotW citation 13663]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 879  [AotW citation 13670]