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Samuel Tucker Sleeper

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Death 12 May 1864 (aged 41)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Unknown Location on the Spotsylvania Battlefield
Memorial ID 10416 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. Served in Company I, 11th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. Commissioned a First Lieutenant, he was promoted to Captain and Company commander after the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was not present at Gettysburg when his unit was nearly destroyed defending the Peach Orchard, but arrived in time to take command of the remnants after they retreated to Cemetery Ridge. When the regimental adjutant John Schoonover returned to the regiment early on July 3 after wounds he received the previous day were treated, Captain Sleeper deferred command of the regiment to Lt. Schoonover in recognition of the adjutant's heroic efforts. he remained and fought with his unit in all the 11th New Jersey's actions through May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania. At that battle, he led his unit's participation in the successful Union assault on the "Mule Shoe" salient. He cried out the encouragement during the charge "make the boys rally around the flag" as he was mortally wounded. His body was buried on the battlefield by his fellow officers, but the exact location was lost when Confederate forces pushed back the Union troops.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 9 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10416
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Tucker Sleeper (15 Mar 1823–12 May 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10416, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Unknown Location on the Spotsylvania Battlefield.