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Samuel Beckley Holabird

  • Birth 16 Jun 1826 Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 3 Feb 1907 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Officers' Section, Lot 9
  • Memorial ID 10305428

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the age of 19 he became a cadet at United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and after graduation on July 1, 1849, was a 2nd Lieutenant of the 1st United States Regular Infantry assigned to frontier duty in Texas. His assignments kept him in Texas for almost a decade, he was engaged in scouting, assumed the duties of an assistant commissary of subsistence and served as Regimental Quartermaster of the 1st Infantry from 1852 to 1858. He was appointed adjutant at West Point in September 1859 and was appointed an Assistant Quartermaster at the rank of Captain on May 13, 1861. In the first year of the Civil War he engaged in organizing and supplying volunteer troops at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. He participated in the northern Virginia campaign, was with the Army of the Potomac in the Maryland campaign and the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam. Upon arrival at New Orleans, Louisiana, he became Chief Quartermaster of the Department of the Gulf on December 16, 1862, a post he filled until July 1865. In recognition of his faithful and meritorious services during the war, he was brevetted Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier General, US Regular Army, on March 13, 1865. After the war, he functioned as Chief Quartermaster of the re-designated Department of Louisiana. On July 29, 1866, he was appointed Deputy Quartermaster General in the Quartermaster's Department, served tours of duty in Dakota, Texas, Missouri and California from1867 to 1879 and promoted Colonel on January 22, 1881. On July 1, 1883, he was commissioned the United States Army's 17th Quartermaster General and served until June 16, 1890, when he retired after 40 years service.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 11 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10305428
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Beckley Holabird (16 Jun 1826–3 Feb 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10305428, citing US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .