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 Edward Paul Doherty

Edward Paul Doherty

Birth
Wickham, Centre-du-Quebec Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 3 Apr 1897 (aged 58)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1, Site 690
Memorial ID 2278 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. A native of Canada, he was residing in New York at the outbreak of the Civil War and promptly joined the 71st New York Militia on April 20, 1861. His regiment fought at the Battle of First Bull Run in Colonel Ambrose Burnside's Brigade before being mustered out on August 9, 1861. In July 1862 he re-entered the Union Army with a commission of Captain and commander of Company A, 155th New York Volunteer Infantry. He served with this unit until May 1863, when he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry regiment, which performed its entire service in the Washington D.C. defenses. However, he was praised for his role in an 1864 scout to the Rapidan River. On April 24, 1865, nine days after the death of President Abraham Lincoln at the hands of an assassin, he was ordered to report with a detail of 25 enlisted men to the offices of Brigadier General Lafayette C. Baker. Baker, who was head of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton's secret police force called the National Detectives, was now in charge of the pursuit of Lincoln's assassins. Two days later his forces caught up with assassin John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold, on the Virginia farm of Richard H. Garrett. When offered a chance to give themselves up, Herold complied. However, Booth refused and either shot himself or was shot by Sergeant Boston Corbett, after the tobacco shed Booth was hiding in was set on fire. Taking their prisoner and the assassin's corpse back to Washington, he and his men received their rewards for the capture, with his part being $5250. He was promoted to Captain, and his regiment was merged with the 13th New York Volunteer Cavalry to form the 3rd New York Provisional Cavalry, which was mustered out on September 21, 1865. Seven months later he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the 5th United States Regular Cavalry, and served until mustered out in late 1870. Afterward until his death 27 years later he lived a very quite life.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Paul Doherty (26 Sep 1838–3 Apr 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2278, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .