Thomas Foster Gallagher

Thomas Foster Gallagher

Birth
Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Nov 1883 (aged 61)
New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 30499161 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A mercantile businessman in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, he was prominent in the pre-War Militia of Pennsylvania, showing an unusual talent for handling troops, so that from Lieutenant he rapidly rose to the rank of General. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned Colonel and commander of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. In the battle of Gaines Mills, his entire command, except one company, was surrounded and captured and taken to Richmond, Virginia's infamous Libby Prison. After being exchanged, he returned to the Army of the Potomac. In the Battle of South Mountain he led the right of the Union forces and was severely wounded. After the war he continued active service in the Pennsylvania National Guard's 8th Division.

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  • Originally Created by: John Matviya
  • Added: 11 Oct 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 30499161
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Foster Gallagher (17 Jan 1822–4 Nov 1883), Find a Grave Memorial no. 30499161, citing New Alexandria Union Cemetery, New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .