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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1844

Vol. II
p194
1210

(Born R. I.)

Asher R. Eddy

(Ap'd R. I.)

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Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1840, to July 1, 1844, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1844.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Adams, R. I., 1844‑45, — Ft. Pickens, Fla., 1845, — and Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1845; at the Military Academy, as Asst.

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 18, 1846)

Professor of Mathematics, Jan. 24, 1846, to Jan. 10, 1850; on frontier

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Aug. 19, 1847, to Nov. 22, 1860)

duty at San Diego, Cal., 1850‑51, — and at Newtown Commissary Depot, Cal., 1851‑54; on Commissary duty at New York, 1855‑56; on Recruiting service, 1856; on frontier duty at Ft. Clark, Tex., 1856; in garrison p195at Baton Rouge, La., 1855‑57, — Ft. Adams, R. I., 1857‑58, — Key West, Fla., 1858‑59, — and Barrancas Barracks, Fla., 1859‑60; on leave of absence, in Europe, 1860‑61; and in forwarding troops from Texas

Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Feb. 12, 1861)

to the North, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: on Quartermaster duty, in charge of the Perryville Depot, Md., May 4 to June 22, 1861, — of Chambersburg Depot, Pa., June 22 to July 8, 1861, — of Hagerstown Depot, Md., July 8 to Aug. 15, 1861, — of Frederick Depot, Md., Aug. 15 to Sep. 13, 1861, — of New York City Depot, Sep. 13‑17, 1861, — as Chief Quartermaster, at Springfield, Ill., of the States of Illinois and Wisconsin, Sep. 27, 1861, to Jan. 25, 1862, — in the Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., Feb. 12 to Sep., 1862, being detached on several tours of inspection, — as Depot Quartermaster and Rental Officer, at Memphis, Ten., Oct., 1862, to Aug. 24, 1864,a — as Disbursing Officer of U. S. Military Railroads, at Nashville, Ten., Sep. 27 to Dec. 31, 1864, — as Chief Quartermaster, at Memphis, Ten., of the

(Bvt. Major, Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., and Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

District of West Tennessee, Apr. 24 to Oct. 16, 1865, — as Chief Quartermaster of the Department of Tennessee, Nov. 6, 1865, to Apr. 6, 1866, — and as Principal Depot Quartermaster at Nashville, Ten. Nov. 6, 1865, to July 7, 1866.

Served: as Chief Quartermaster of the Department of the Cumberland, July 12 to Aug. 6, 1866; on sick leave of absence, Sep. 1 to Oct. 14,

(Major, Staff — Quartermaster, July 29, 1866)

1866; and as Depot Quartermaster at Memphis, Ten., Aug. 1866, to Jan. 5, 1867; as Quartermaster at San Francisco, Cal., Mar. 17 to Oct. 4, 1867; as Chief Quartermaster of the Department of Columbia, Oct. 14, 1867, to Apr. 30, 1869, — of the Department of the South, June 5, 1869, to Jan. 31, 1872, — of the Department of the Gulf, Feb. 3 to May 19, 1872, — of Third Quartermaster District, Department of the East, May 24,

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Dep. Quartermaster-General, June 6, 1872)

to Aug. 15, 1872, — of the Division of the Pacific, Aug. 27, 1872, to Mar. 23, 1873, — of the Department of California, Aug. 27, 1872, to Apr. 27, 1876, — settling accounts, Apr. 27, 1876, to Mar. 14, 1877, — and of the Department of Columbia, Apr. 11, 1877, to Apr. 15, 1878; and on leave of absence in Europe, May, 1878, to Jan. 29, 1879.

Died, Jan. 29, 1879, at Malta: Aged 55.


Thayer's Note:

a Some West Pointers were very good men, and a few were not: Asher Eddy may be one of the latter. In Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson, edited by William and Loretta Galbraith, p104, note 37, we read that "Major General Stephen Augustus Hurlbut . . . was an unscrupulous political general, who along with his provost marshall,º Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George A. Williams, ran an extortion ring in the city. Two of his other appointees, Captain Asher Eddy of the Abandoned Property Department and Whitney Frank, Chief of Detectives, broke into and burglarized certain Memphis homes. Jeffery N. Lash, 'Stephen Augustus Hurlbut: A Military and Diplomatic Politician' (Ph. D. dissertation, Kent State University, 1980), 196; Hallum, Diary, 278‑79, 317." (Hurlbut and Frank were not Academy graduates.)


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