Napoleon was the son of Hiram and Mary Lathan Mclaughlen. He was born on 8 December 1823 in Chelsea, Vermont.
He entered the U. S. Army, 27 March 1861, from New York, as second-lieutenant, of the 1st Regiment of U. S. Calvary, which was changed to 4th U. S. Calvary, by act of 3 August 1861.
He was promoted to be captain, 17 July 1862; brevt brig-general, 13 March 1865; major of the 10th Cavalry 17 May 1876; and was stationed at Fort Concho, Texas, in June 1877.
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Civil War Brevet General
He started his military career in 1850 by enlisting in the 2nd United States dragoons where he rose to the rank of Sargent.
In 1861 he was appointed 1st lieutenant of the 4th calvary, and also served as inspector general of the army of Kentucky.
In 1862 he was promoted to Captain then to
Colonel of the 1st Massachusetts volunteers.
He was Brevetted Major at Chancellorsville and again at Gettysburg. He fought at the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania.
He was the appointed Colonel of the 57th Massachusetts, participated in the siege of Petersburg and was once again brevetted for gallantry at the battle of Poplar Grove Church this time as a brigadier general. During the battle of Fort Stedman he charged into the fort after hearing fighting erupt not knowing that the fort had changed hands. He began shouting commands to the confederates who had captured the fort and was taken prisoner by confederate General John Gordon.
He was released from Libby prison in March 1865 and again received the Brevet of Brigadier General.
In 1876 he was promoted to Major, he was appointed a Major in the 10th US Cavalry - this was a "Buffalo Soldier" unit made up of African-American soldiers. and was commander of Fort Davis Texas 1881-1882
He retired in 1882.
Despite his long meritorious, gallant service to his country, and multiple brevets, find a grave does not consider him famous. Maybe if he had once appeared in a sitcom....