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Freeman W. Alger
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Birth: 1842
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: May 3, 1863
Virginia, USA

Died at The Battle of Salem Church

He was 20 years of age when he enlisted on 6 August 1862 at Otsego, Otsego County, New York, which would have made him born about 1832-33. He was mustered in as a musician into Capt. Nelson O. Wendell's Company F of the 121st New York on 23 August 1862.

Saw first action at Crompton's Pass (South Mountain) part of the Antietam campaign. Was at Fredericksburg in December 1962 when the Union forces attempted to take Fredericksburg. When repulsed the 121st went into winter camp across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg in Stafford County, at White Oak Church. Was a participant in the now famous "Burnside Mud March."

On 3 May 1863 the 6th Corp, of which the 121st New York was a regiment in was ordered to re-cross the Rappahannock, take Fredericksburg and then continue to Chancellorsville and hook up with Gen. Joseph Hooker, who was doing battle there.

In the late afternoon they were taken pretty much by surprise be a massed Confederate force at a little country church named Salem Church, which was between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Resulted in almost annihilation of the 121st. Was among one killed there. Some 3 to 4 days later those killed, had been stripped of any valuables and clothing, as the Confederates were becoming desperate for clothes and buried in a commom pit/trench all together.

After the war and establishment of Fredericksburg National Cemetery these remains were gathered and again placed in a mass grave there. 
 
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 Parents:
  Silas W. Alger (1814 - 1886)
  Catherine Oakley Alger (1817 - 1892)
 
 Siblings:
  Eugene Alger (____ - 1865)*
  Eugene Alger (____ - 1865)*
  Freeman W. Alger (____ - 1863)*
  George W. Alger (____ - 1849)*
  Amelia Ann Alger (____ - 1840)*
  Freeman W. Alger (1842 - 1863)
  Georgie Annah Alger Russell (1850 - 1913)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fredericksburg National Cemetery
Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg City
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: charlott jones
Record added: Jan 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103421826
Freeman W. Alger
Added by: David E Craig
 
Freeman W. Alger
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Added by: Frederich Otto
 
 
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You gave your ultimate for your beliefs. Though greatly saddened, you family was no doubt very proud of you, as would have been my Uncle Nelson, who perished with you on that terrible day.
- charlott jones
 Added: Jan. 11, 2013
 
 
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