Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the start of the Civil War, he was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant of the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry under Colonel Charles E. Hovey. When the 48th United States Colored Infantry unit was established from the 10th Louisiana Infantry in March of 1864, he was promoted to Colonel and assigned as the regiment's commander. He led his unit in the assault and capture of Fort Blakely, Alabama in early April of 1865. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services." He remained in the United States Army after the war, retiring as a Major in 1895.
Bio by: Thomas Fisher
Mary Edward Pyfer / Pieffer Crandal
1847–1897 (m. 1867)