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Henry Larcom Abbot

  • Birth 13 Aug 1831 Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 1 Oct 1927 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Fuschia Path, Lot 3705
  • Memorial ID 20305

Civil War Union Brevet Major General. He graduated in 1854 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, placing 2nd in his class, and was posted in the Topographical Engineer Corps, where he served until the beginning of the Civil War. During the July 21, 1861 Battle of First Bull Run he was wounded while serving on the staff of Major General Irwin McDowell. He then served on the staff of the Army of the Potomac's Chief Engineer, Brigadier General John G. Barnard, through the Peninsular Campaign. After a year and a half of staff officer duty he was commissioned Colonel and commander of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery regiment in January 1863, and was assigned to the defenses of Washington, DC, where frequently commanding a brigade in the protective fortifications. When the Union forces began the Siege of Petersburg in the summer of 1864, he was detailed to command all the siege artillery throughout the campaign. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on August 1, 1864 for "gallant and distinguished services in the operations before Richmond, and especially in the lines before Petersburg, Va." On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Regular Army and Major General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". He remained the Army Corps of Engineers after the war, and was instrumental in the establishing of an Army Engineer School at Fort Totten, New York City. He retired as a Colonel in 1895.

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  • Added: 22 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20305
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Larcom Abbot (13 Aug 1831–1 Oct 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20305, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .