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 William Stretch Abert

William Stretch Abert

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 25 Aug 1867 (aged 31)
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 128A
Memorial ID 19106 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. The son of Colonel John J. Abert, who was the United States Army's Chief of Topographical Engineers for many years before the Civil War, he was commissioned directly into the United States Army as a Lieutenant of Artillery in 1855. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he was promoted to Captain, and served first in the 3rd United States Regular Cavalry, then in the 6th United States Regular Cavalry, and participated in the early battles of the Spring 1862 Peninsular Campaign before being detailed by General George McClellan to serve as an aide-de-camp. He served on McClellan's staff through the September 1862 Battle of Antietam, then was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers, and joined the staff of General Nathaniel Banks as his Assistant Inspector General. From November 1862 to October 1864, he served in New Orleans, Louisiana as an Assistant Inspector General. Finally, he was promoted to Colonel and was given commander of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery regiment, which was stationed in the defenses of Washington, DC, where he finished out the war. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 "for gallant and meritorious services during the war". After the end of the conflict he reverted back to his Regular Army rank, but in June 1867 he was promoted to Major of the newly-raised 7th United States Cavalry. However, he died only two months later in Galveston, Texas.

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  • Added: 19 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Stretch Abert (1 Feb 1836–25 Aug 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19106, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .