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C.A. Alvord, Jr.

C.A. Alvord, Jr.

Federal (USV)


Corydon Alexis Alvord, Jr.

(1837 - 1902)

Home State: Maine

Command Billet: Staff officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps

Before Antietam

Son of a prominent printer of illustrated books, in 1860 he was a printer in his own right in New York City. Age 24, he enlisted on 4 October 1861 and mustered as Drum Major of the 11th Maine Infantry on 11 November 1861 - Colonel John C Caldwell, commanding. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, date not given, and promoted to First Lieutenant and assigned as aide de camp (ADC) to now-Brigadier General Caldwell on 23 May 1862.

On the Campaign

Of his actions at Antietam on 17 September 1862 General Caldwell reported:

Lieutenants Cross, Alvord, and Scott were all particularly brave and active. Lieutenant Alvord captured several prisoners with his own hand, and conducted to the rear those taken by Colonel Barlow. By command of General Richardson he gave orders to the Irish Brigade, and assisted in forming them into a second line.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission and was honorably discharged at the end of his 3 year term on 28 June 1864.

After the War

He lived in Coshocton, OH, London, England, and finally Buffalo, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and the Card File.2 Personal details from family genealogists, notably Samuel Morgan Alvord's A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord ... (1908; compiled originally by our Corydon's father). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the Scott D. Hann Collection, also published in Military Images (September/October 2002).

He married Emma Elizabeth Weeks (1840-1901) in May 1863 and they had 2 daughters. He married again, Martha Hannah Baker (1854-) in April 1879 and they had a son. He married for the third time, Edith Rebecca Tappington (1861-) in London, England.

He was born Coridon Alexis Alvord, like his father, a common name among his ancestry back into the 18th Century. He may have begun using Corydon in adulthood - it's the usual spelling in his military records and on his grave marker.


1837; Hartford, CT


12/12/1902; Buffalo, NY; burial in Forest Lawn, Buffalo, NY


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pp. 295, 300, 302  [AotW citation 30503]

2   State of Maine, Maine State Archives, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Card Index, 1861-1865, Augusta (ME): Department of the Secretary of State, c. 2000  [AotW citation 30504]