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F.E. Pinto

F.E. Pinto

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Francis Effingham Pinto

(1823 - 1905)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was First Lieutenant and commanded Company D, 2nd New York Volunteers in the Mexican-American War (1846-48). He went to California in 1849 to look for gold, but soon became a merchant selling supplies to miners in Stockton and San Fransisco. He was living in San Joaquin County, CA by 1852, and was probably a member of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856. He returned to New York by way of Nicaragua in 1859, and in 1860 was a successful 36 year old dry goods merchant in Amsterdam, NY.

He enrolled and mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd New York Infantry on 22 May 1861.

On the Campaign

On 13 September 1862 he was assigned to temporarily command the 31st New York Infantry, as they had no field officers present on the Campaign. He may have led both the 31st and 32nd Regiments at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned Colonel of the 31st New York Infantry on 23 October 1862 (to date from 13 September), but did not muster with them. He was concurrently commissioned Colonel of the 32nd New York and mustered out with them on 9 June 1863 in New York City.

After the War

By 1865 and to at least 1880 he was a merchant, then in the warehousing and grain storage business in Brooklyn, NY. He had retired there by 1900.

References & notes

His Civil War service from Heitman,1 the Adjutant General,2 and Carman.3 His Mexican War service from Robarts.4 Personal details from family genealogists, the California Census of 1852, the New York Census of 1865 & 1875, the US Census of 1860-1900, and his bio sketch from Green-Wood Cemetery. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Massachusetts collection.5

He was the defendant in a commercial case which eventually ended up in the US Supreme Court in 1892, having to do with legally fixed fees for movement of grain from his stores and elevators in Brooklyn, NY.

He married Jessie Laimbeer (1830-1873) and they had 4 children between 1853 and 1862. He married again, Gertrude Eleanor Cumming (1849-1915) in 1884.

He published the History of the 32nd Regiment, New York Volunteers, in the Civil War, 1861-1863, and personal recollection during that period in Brooklyn in 1895.

More on the Web

His Recollections of the period 1823 to 1856 are in the Archives of the New York Public Library [finding aid].

His history of the First New York Volunteers in the Mexican War is in the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley [finding aid].

See more about Pinto's Brooklyn grain storage business and others in the Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn in The Red Hook Waterfront mid to late 1880s from Maggie Land Blanck.


06/30/1823; New Haven, CT


07/17/1905; Brooklyn, NY; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, 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. 793  [AotW citation 29438]

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, Ser. No. 21, pp. 831, 981  [AotW citation 29439]

3   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. II, pg. 534  [AotW citation 29440]

4   Robarts, William Hugh, Mexican War Veterans: a Complete Roster of the Regular and Volunteer troops in the War between the United States and Mexico, from 1846 to 1848, Washington, DC: Brentano's, 1887, pg. 65  [AotW citation 29442]

5   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 73, pg. 3615  [AotW citation 29441]