Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served during the Civil War first as a Captain in the 50th New York Volunteer Engineers, then as Colonel and commander of the 148th New York Volunteer Infantry. he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". Later he was one of the first to respond to the movement to organize the Grand Army of the Republic, and was claimed by his friends and comrades as the originator of Memorial Day which was inaugurated under his auspices in Waterloo, New York, in the Spring of 1868.
Bio by: John Gilmore
Angeline S Murray