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L. Livingston

L. Livingston

Federal (USV)


Louis Livingston

(1824 - 1904)

Home State: New York

Education: Union College, Class of 1844

Command Billet: Aide de Camp

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps

Before Antietam

From the town of Red Hook, Duchess County, he was commissioned Major, 29th New York Infantry on 21 May 1861, but did not muster, resigning on 2 July 1861. He was appointed Captain and Additional Aide de Camp, USV on 3 July 1862.

On the Campaign

In his Report, General Samuel Crawford said:

... Of my staff officers, I desire to mention Captain Frederick d'Hauteville, my assistant adjutant-general, who was indefatigable in rendering me the most important services on the field; also to Captain Livingston, aide de-camp; to Lieutenant Witman, aide-de-camp, who conveyed my orders most intelligently, and often under circumstances of great personal exposure, from first to last.

The rest of the War

He was still with General Crawford at least through Gettysburg in July 1863. He resigned his commission on 8 March 1864. He was honored by brevets 13 March 1865 to Major for Antietam and South Mountain, and Lieutenant Colonel for "conspicuous gallantry" at Gettysburg, PA.

References & notes

Service data from New York State1 and Heitman2. Details from Thomas H. Fearey's Union College Alumni in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (1915), James H. Smith's History of Duchess County, New York (1882), and family genealogies. His picture from an early 1863 photo (of unknown provenance) of General Crawford and his staff, posted on Facebook in January 2015 by Battlefields in Motion Ltd. He's also seen as Lewis Livingston, and was a son of Judge John Swift Livingston (1785 - 1867) of Tivoli, NY. He lived at his father's mansion on the Hudson, Green Hill, from 1867 to his death.

More on the Web

A Qianlong imperial bell in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, was donated by Major Louis Livingston in 1903.


1824 in NY


1904; burial in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Tivoli, NY


1   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. 632  [AotW citation 14688]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 18 (for the year 1899), pg. 484  [AotW citation 14689]