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 Andrew Jackson Morrison

Andrew Jackson Morrison

Birth
Argyle, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 28 Jan 1907 (aged 78)
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
Plot Section 105, Lot 447
Memorial ID 8041 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He exemplified a certain segment of experienced Civil War officers who proved wholly incapable of meaningful military service. A pre-War mercenary, he had participated in the Mexican War, William Walker's invasions of Central America, and the Italian Unification Wars. Offering his services to the Union when the war broke out, he was commissioned Colonel of the 7th New York Volunteer Cavalry, a unit that was never fully recruited and never mustered. He served as an aide to General Innis Palmer during the Spring 1862 Peninsular Campaign, where he was wounded. Offered command of the 26th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, he was commissioned its Colonel on September 26, 1862. His military experience helped drill his men efficiently, but his lack of ability came out during actual combat. He claimed sickness and missed the Battle of Fredericksburg. During the Battle of Chancellorsville while the 26th New Jersey came under fire, Colonel Morrison, in the words of witnesses, "went crazy", riding his horse around and shouting incoherent orders. He was later found to be extremely drunk, and was arrested and dismissed from the Army on June 11, 1863. Soon after, he was able to convince New Jersey Governor Joel Parker that he was still fit for command, and was appointed Colonel of the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry regiment on January 29, 1864. Again, his military experience contributed to the 3rd New Jersey's disciplined training. But when he returned to actual combat, Colonel Morrison became drunk and incapacitated again. He was once more dismissed from the Army on August 29, 1864, this time for good, by hard-nosed General Philip Sheridan, who had no tolerance for such incompetence. Colonel Morrison later died in an Asylum in Waterbury, New York.

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  • Added: 8 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8041
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Jackson Morrison (3 Oct 1828–28 Jan 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8041, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .