Civil War Union Army Major General. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1847, he served as a artillery officer in the Southwest. In 1860, he was an instructor at West Point, where he organized the Army's field battery. At the start of the Civil War, he fought at the First Battle of Bull Run , in the Peninsula Campaign and was promoted Brigadier General in June 1862. He led infantry brigades at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Promoted Major General of US Volunteers in 1864, he led his divisions skillfully, from the Wilderness to Appomattox. After the Civil War, he was placed in command of the 35th US Infantry at Galveston for the District of Texas. Despite the yellow fever epidemic which was plaguing the city, he remained at his post and died of yellow fever on September 15, 1867.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Sarah Virginia Carroll Esterhazy
1837–1917 (m. 1861)