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Abraham Kerns Arnold

  • Birth 24 Mar 1837 Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 23 Nov 1901 Cold Spring, Putnam County, New York, USA
  • Burial Garrison, Putnam County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 7869930

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. An 1859 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he served in cavalry commands on the Western Frontier pre-Civil War. After the start of the conflict, he was promoted to Captain on July 12, 1862 and assigned to the 5th United States Regular Cavalry, a unit he would command for much of the war. He would go on to be awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Davenport Bridge, Virginia on May 19, 1864. His citation reads "By a gallant charge against a superior force of the enemy, extricated his command from a perilous position in which it had been ordered". His Medal was awarded to him on September 1, 1893, twenty-nine years later. Receiving a brevet of Major, US Army for his gallantry at the May 7, 1864 Battle of Todd's Tavern, Virginia, he remained in active service after the war, rising to Major of the 6th United States Regular Cavalry, and to Colonel of the 1st United States Cavalry before his retirement in 1901. His post-Civil War service saw him again on the Western Plains (taking part in the August 30, 1881 Battle of Cibecue, and in the 1887 Expedition against the Crow Indians), and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, where he served as Brigadier General of Volunteers in command of the VII Corps II Division. He passed away in Cold Springs-on-the-Hudson, New York, only months after his retirement.

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  • Added: 15 Sep 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abraham Kerns Arnold (24 Mar 1837–23 Nov 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7869930, citing Saint Philip's Church Cemetery, Garrison, Putnam County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .