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Gen Alfred Cumming

Gen Alfred Cumming

Birth
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Death 5 Dec 1910 (aged 81)
Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
Burial Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 8966 · View Source
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Brigadier General, CSA, Civil War. Born in Augusta, Georgia, he was the son of a cotton magnate and the nephew of a governor of the Utah Territory, (with whom he shared the same name with.) At 20 he graduated from West Point, ranking 35th in his 43-man class. In the prewar army he served mainly in the West, including 2 years in Louisiana as an aide to Brigadier General David E. Twiggs. Later he accompanied Albert Sidney Johnston's expedition to Utah, where he aided his uncle in suppressing Mormon violence. In January 1861 he resigned a captaincy in the 10th United States Infantry to accept the lieutenant colonelcy of the Augusta Volunteer Battalion. He soon resigned that position to become Major of the 1st Georgia Infantry. By June he was a Lieutenant Colonel of the 10th Georgia and 4 months later its Colonel, succeeding Lafayette McLaws. He served with such distinction during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862 - including Yorktown, Savage's Station, and Malvern Hill, where he was wounded - that he received an Alabama brigade prior to Antietam. On September 14, 1862, his command came up quickly to support troops under Brigadier General Howell Cobb, forced back from Crampton's Gap by a Federal offensive. His promptness helped keep the Union advance from its objective, Harpers Ferry. He was awarded a Brigadier General's star 6 weeks later. Afterward, he went west: first to Mobile, then in April 1863 to Mississippi as a subordinate to Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton. He led a brigade in Major General Carter L. Stevenson's division at Champion's Hill and in the actions outside Vicksburg. Captured and paroled with the city's garrison, he reorganized Stevenson's old brigade at Decatur, Georgia, in fall 1863, and led it gallantly at Missionary Ridge. He was conspicuous in many actions during the Atlanta Campaign, winning praise for several successful and unsuccessful attacks. At Jonesborough, he was disabled by another wound. In postwar years, he farmed in Floyd City, Georgia, before moving to Rome, Georgia, then to his native city. He pursued a minor public career, including service on the American Military Commission to Korea in 1888. He later died in Rome, Georgia.

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  • Added: 20 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8966
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Alfred Cumming (30 Jan 1829–5 Dec 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8966, citing Summerville Cemetery, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .