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 Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold

Birth
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 8 Nov 1882 (aged 54)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot FUS Group, Lot 168
Memorial ID 12842 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1850, placing 13th out of 44 (his class included future Union Generals Gouverneur K. Warren, Eugene A. Carr and Cuvier Grover, as well as future Confederate Generals Lucius M. Walker, Robert Ransom, and Charles S. Winder). He served in various posts in the American Northwest after graduation, and was an Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General John E. Wool at the start of the Civil War. In May 1861, he was promoted to Captain in the 5th United States Regular Artillery, and was placed in command of Battery D, 2nd United States Artillery. In the July 1861 1st Battle of Bull Run, when the Union forces had been driven back in a rout, he was forced to abandon his guns near Warrenton Pike when, while attempting to flee in the midst of an artillery barrage, his field peices became obstructed by vehicles which had been abandoned by other Union troops. In March 1862 he was assigned as Chief of Artillery for the 1st Division of the Army of the Potomac, but in May of that year he became the Acting Assistant Inspector General of the VI Corps. In this capacity he participated in the Peninsular Campaign, seeing action at the Battles of Savage's Station (where he earned the brevet of Major, US Regular Army), Glendale and Malvern Hill. On November 29, 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers and was made Chief of Artillery for the Department of the Gulf. In that role he would serve in for almost two full year, being interrupted only by a 2-month stint as the Department's Cavalry Chief. He directed the Union artillery that participated in the siege and capitulation of Port Hudson, Mississippi, and in the operations that culminated in he capture of Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, Alabama. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Major General in both the Volunteers and Regular Army. Upon his August 1865 muster out of the Volunteer service, he returned to his Regular Army rank of Captain, and served at the rank for the next 10 years, finally earning a promotion to Major in 1875. In November 1882, while stationed on Governor's Island in New York City, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, but died five days later.

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Arnold (12 Apr 1828–8 Nov 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12842, citing Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .