Alfred Pleasonton

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Alfred Pleasonton - DEATH OF GEN. PLEASONTON The Gallant...
DEATH OF GEN. PLEASONTON The Gallant Ex-Cava!ryman Ex-Cava!ryman Ex-Cava!ryman Di$d In Washington of a Long Standing Throat Trouble. LIVED A LIFE OF SECLUSION. Disappointed with tha Reward of Ela Kerltorioua Services, Ha Paaaed His Last Few Years in Strict- Strict- . .eat Privacy Hla Mill-'-' Mill-'-' Mill-'-' Mill-'-' Mill-'-' - tary Career. WASHINGTON. Feb. 17.-Gen. 17.-Gen. 17.-Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, one of 'the most distinguished cavalry officers on the Union side In the civil war, died at his apartments here at 8 o'clock thla morning. -' -' Alfred Pleasonton was bora In Washing ton,. June 7. 1824. Twenty years-later years-later years-later he was graduated from West Point and was assigned as Brevet Second Lieutenant to the First Regiment, United States Dragoons, under Captain (afterward General Sumner. He was one of the noted Devil's Lake expedition, expedition, which made a march of 3,000 miles In five months. ' He was made Second Lieu tenant In 1849,- 1849,- and served with distinction In the Mexican ' war and In campaigns against the Indians of tha West and South. His reckless gallantry, his lmpervousness to fatigue, and his sunny disposition aroused the respect of his superiors, and the love and admiration of the men who followed him. For distinguished gallantry at the battle of Resaca de la Pal ma he was b revetted revetted Major. When Fort Sumter was fired on at the outbreak of the civil war Major Pleasonton was at-St. at-St. at-St. Joseph, Mo.v on his way to his regiment in Utah. Instead of proceeding he returned at once and reported to Gen. Patter son for active service. ' He was Instructed to go to Wilmington, Del., and raise a force to protect the railroad. In less than a week he organised, armed, and equipped a regiment regiment of 1,000 men. The men were so impressed impressed by his. personality that they petitioned petitioned Gen. Scott to place him in command. command. The request was refused, and Major Pleasonton rejoined his regiment. His efficiency had been noted, ' however, and immediately after the battlo of Bull Run he was ordered to Washington. Hef reached Washington In command of the Second Dragoons after a march of 1,100 miles from Utah to St. Joseph and a railway railway journey of about the same distance In the Fall of 1861. He had rendered such good service with his cavalry on the Virginia peninsula that he was promoted to the rank of Major General. In the second battle of Malvern Hill he specially distinguished himself by covering the retreat of the army -from -from the Ofatekahominy. and on the arrival of the army In Washington he was assigned assigned by Gen. McClellan to the command of all the cavalry and horse artillery of the army. From that time until peace was an assured assured fact Gen. Pleasonton was one of the most prominent figures of the war. In the Antletam campaign he started in advance of the army from Washington with a brl- brl- rade of cavalry and two batteries of ar tilery tilery and. defeating the enemy at every point, brought them to bay at South Mountain. In the campaign of Chancel-lorsvllle Chancel-lorsvllle Chancel-lorsvllle he took the field with one- one- small brigade of three regiments of cavalry and one horse battery, and at the critical part of the great battle, when the Eleventh Corps was overwhelmed by Stonewall Jackson Jackson s attack by his skill and daring, he checked the rout and brought order out of disorder. The joint .committee of the two houses of Congress on the Conduct of the War made special mention of his gallantry and of the signal service he had rendered. Gen. Pleasonton's next promotion placed him in command of the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac,, and his attack on the Confederate cavalry at Beverly Ford June 8, 1863, opened the campaign . which culminated with the battle of Gettysburg. After the battle of Uppervllle, where the Union cavalry lost 1,000 men and the Confederates Confederates suffered even more terribly. President President Lincoln appointed Gen. Pleasonton Major General of Volunteers, to date from June 22. 1803. In the Winter of the year following, a committee of Congress recommended him for the command of the Army of the Potomac, Potomac, but the recommendation was not heeded, and he was sent to the Department Department of Missouri, where he again distinguished distinguished himself under Gen. Rosecrana against the Confederate General Price. - At the close of the war be was brevetted Brigadier General for his services in that campaign and Major General for his conduct throughout the entire war. In 1868 he resigned, resigned, and was for several years United States Collector of Internal Revenue, subse-" subse-" subse-" quently becoming President of the Terre Haute and Cincinnati Railroad. In May, 1888, he waa placed, much to his humiliation and disappointment, on the retired list with the rank of Colonel, United States Army. The last few years of Gen. Pleasonton's life were spent in the strictest seclusion In a quiet little hotel at Washington. About two years ago a serious tnroat troume caused him a great deal of annoyance, but though In constant pain he would not employ employ a physician, using some old-fashioned old-fashioned old-fashioned remeaies xnai gave mm temporary rener. The only physician he would permit to at tend him was Surgeon General Bliss, and when this companion of the war died he would have no other. He had a special aversion to the use of anaesthetics. His nurse and only attendant has been a colored colored woman of middle age, who kept faithful faithful watch over him for many years. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton has often been confused with his brother. Gen. A. j. Pleasonton, who died some time ago and who sprang into notoriety through his " blue glass cure." In a a ,

Clipped from The New York Times18 Feb 1897, ThuPage 7

The New York Times (New York, New York)18 Feb 1897, ThuPage 7
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