Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. On October 4, 1864, as Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 4th Minnesota Volunteer nfantry, he received telegraph messages from Major General William T. Sherman to hold the garrison of fewer than 1,000 men at Allatoona, Georgia at all cost. Confederate Major General Samuel G. French with his division of approximately 3,000 men arrived at the Allatoona pass on the morning of October 5, 1864. The 4th Minnesota now reinforced by troops from Brigadier General John Corse, fought fiercely for three days and two nights without rest. The Confederate forces made four assaults on the western fort, coming within 100 yards of taking it each time. On the fifth assault, rather than propel his troops into a fortress slaughterhouse, General French withdrew. For his actions and courage at the Battle of Allatoona Pass, Georgia, Colonel Tourtellotte was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865. After the war, remaining the Army, he was assigned to the 7th United States Cavalry in 1870. He served as Colonel, Aide-de-Camp to General Sherman, from 1871 to 1884 and retired on March 20, 1885.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith