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M. Brewer

M. Brewer

Federal (USV)


Melvin Philip Brewer

(1831 - 1864)

Home State: Michigan

Education: University of Michigan, Pontiac, Class of 1855

Command Billet: Commanding Detachment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 1st Michigan Cavalry, Company L

Before Antietam

He moved to Oakland County, Michigan from New York with his family in 1837. On 21 August 1861, by then a 29 year old lawyer in Almont, he was commissioned Captain, Company L of the 1st Michigan Cavalry.

On the Campaign

He led his Company as Headquarters Escort, 12th Army Corps on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major on 1 January 1863. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Michigan Cavalry on 6 June 1864 and commanded the regiment in the action at Trevilian Station on 11 June, but was wounded there. He was mortally wounded at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864 and died at the Cavalry Corps Hospital there on the 25th.

References & notes

Service from the Record of Service.1 His memorial is on Findagrave. His picture from a carte de visite as Lt. Colonel of the 7th Cavalry, in the State Archives of Michigan, Lansing.


10/31/1831; Wilson, Niagara County, NY


09/25/1864; Winchester, VA; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 31, pg. 28  [AotW citation 21248]