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D. Couch

D. Couch

Federal (USA)

Major General

Darius Nash Couch

(1822 - 1897)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1846;Class Rank: 13/59

Command Billet: Division Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Division, 4th Corps

Before Antietam

He graduated from the USMA in 1846 (13th of 59) with Army service in the Mexican and Seminole wars. Noted naturalist and later manufacturer. In June 1861 made Col. of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment. In May 1861 appointed Brigadier General and commanded 1st Division of the 4th Corps in Peninsula and Seven Days campaigns. Promoted to Major General in July 62.

On the Campaign

In command of the 1st Division/Fourth Corps but was on something of a wild goose chase toward and back from Harpers Ferry all day on September 17th. His division was not engaged at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He commanded Second Corps at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and then applied for relief of duty. He commanded PA militia in the Gettysburg campaign and led the 2nd Division/23rd Corps during the Nashville and Carolinas campaigns.

After the War

Post War Career: Politician.