Theodore Lyman

Theodore Lyman

Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 9 Sep 1897 (aged 64)
Nahant, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 7500299 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer, US Congressman. an 1855 graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, he had a career as a pioneering biologist student pre-Civil War. he offered his services to the Union in 1863, and was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel and Aide-de-Camp, US Volunteers on September 2, 1863. Assigned to the staff of Army of the Potomac commander Major General George Gordon Meade,whom he had met previous to the war, he served with General Meade through the end of the conflict, rendering valuable and dangerous services through the campaigns the eventually resulted in the defeat of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel Lyman kept meticulous notes on the activities and inexpressive of the Meade Headquarters, which were eventually published after his death as "Meade's Headquarters, 1863-1865: Letters of Colonel Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattox". The work has become an invaluable historic resource into the inner workings of the command of the Army of the Potomac. After his muster out of the Army on April 20, 1865, he engaged in his scientific pursuits, and became a a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected as a Republican to represent Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving a single term from 1883 to 1885. Affected by illness and paralysis in his later years, he died in 1897. Property he bought on Cape Cod, Massachusetts as a spawning ground for fish has been preserved today as the Theodore Lyman Reserve.

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