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Federal (USV)


Albert William Preston

(1843 - 1883)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 25th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Sergeant, Company F, 13th New York Infantry on 14 May 1861. He transferred as First Sergeant, and mustered in as First Lieutenant, Company E, 25th New York Infantry on 22 November 1861. He was promoted to Captain on 1 January 1862 and transferred to Company G on 7 January. He was wounded in action on 1 July 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.

On the Campaign

He was later honored by brevet to Major for "gallant and meritorious service" on the Peninsula and Antietam Campaigns.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 22 September 1862. He was appointed Captain, Veteran Reserve Corps on 8 June 1863. He honorably mustered out on 30 September 1867.

After the War

He was in Regular Army service, having been commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th US Cavalry on 10 September 1867. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 1 March 1870. He was retired at the rank of Colonel on 15 December 1870, to Captain (retired) on 3 March 1875, and back to Colonel on 25 July 1876.

References & notes

Basic information from Heitman1 and the State of New York2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He was son-in-law to General Edward O. C. Ord, having married Mary Elizabeth Ord (1851-1915).


07/13/1843; Rochester, NY


09/13/1883; San Francisco, CA; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


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. 805  [AotW citation 14887]

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, For the Year 1899, Serial #20, pg. 780  [AotW citation 14888]