21 March 2013

The Civil War - 21 March 1863

Union General Edwin Vose Sumner died today in 1863. He was awaiting reassignment to the far West. He died only months after he led his corps at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.

  • 1793 ... born in Boston to Elisha and Nancy Sumner
  • 1819 ... joined the Army in the 2nd Infantry
  • 1822 ... married Hannah Foster
  • 25 January 1825 ... promoted to first lieutenant, he remained in the infantry
  • 1838 ... became an instructor at the Carlisle Barracks in PA
  • 1842 ... assigned to Fort Atkinson, IA
  • 1846-1848 ... served in the Mexican War
  • 1850s ... served in Kansas
  • 1861 ... escort for president-elect Abraham Lincoln
  • commander of the Department of the Pacific
  • March 1862 ... given command of II Corps in the Army of the Potomac
  • early 1863 ... tired of infighting among the troops and military leader he requested transfer and again was named commander of the Department of the Pacific though he never made it West again
  • 21 March 1863 ... died in Syracuse, NY


Amazon.com offers "General Edwin Vose Sumner, USA: A Civil War Biography" by Thomas K Tate. The list price is $35 but Amazon offers it for $23.62 as a pre-order discount. The book is scheduled to be released in July 2013.

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