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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1855

Vol. II
p618
1689

(Born N. Y.)

Alexander S. Webb1

(Ap'd N. Y.)

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Alexander Stewart Webb: Born Feb. 15, 1835.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1851, to July 1, 1855, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1855.

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Oct. 20, 1855.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856; in garrison at Ft. Independence, Mas., 1856‑57; of frontier duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1857; and at the Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Nov. 10, 1857, to Jan. 7, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in garrison at Washington, D. C., Feb. 7 to Apr. 4, 1861; in Defence of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Apr. 19 to July 3, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Apr. 28, 1861)

(Captain, 11th Infantry, May 14, 1861)

July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; as Asst. to the Chief of Artillery of the Army of the Potomac, July, 1861,

(Major, 1st Rhode Island Artillery Volunteers, Sep. 14, 1861)

to Apr. 1, 1862, in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., and Apr. to Aug., 1862, in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Action at Mechanicsville, May 27, 1862, — and Combat of Hanover C. H., May 27, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and in Operations before Richmond, from Savage Station to Malvern Hill, June 27 to July 1, 1862; as Asst. Inspector-General and Chief of Staff of 5th Army Corps, in the Maryland

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 20, 1862, to June 23, 1863)

Campaign, Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — Skirmish at Shepardstown, Sep. 19, 1862, — March to Warrenton, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862, — and Skirmish at Snicker's Gap, Va., Nov. 14, 1862; as Inspector of Artillery at Camp Barry, Washington, D. C., Nov., 1862, to Jan., 1863; as Asst. Inspector-General of the 5th p619Army Corps, in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Jan. 7 to June 23, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in command of Brigade 2d Corps (Army of the Potomac), in the Pennsylvania Campaign, June‑July, 1863, being engaged in

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, June 23, 1863)

the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863, where he was wounded, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in command of

(Bvt. Major, July 3, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.)

Division, 2d Corps (Army of the Potomac), in the Rapidan Campaign, Oct., 1863, to Apr., 1864, being engaged in the Combat of Bristoe Station, Oct. 14, 1863, — and Skirmishes at Robinson's Tavern, Nov. 29, 1863,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Oct. 14, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Bristoe Station, Va.)

and at Morton's Ford, Feb. 6, 1864; in command of Brigade, 2d Corps (Army of the Potomac), Apr.‑May, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, — and Battles of Spottsylvania, May 8‑12, 1864, where he was severely wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled

(Bvt. Colonel, May 12, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Spottsylvania, Va.)

by wound, May 12, 1864, to Jan. 11, 1865; as Chief of Staff to Major-

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Distinguished Conduct at Gettysburg, at Bristoe Station,
at the Battle of the Wilderness, and at Spottsylvania)

General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Meade, command Army of the Potomac, Jan. 11 to June, 1865,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Campaign terminating with the Surrender of the Insurgent Army under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.R. E. Lee)

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

in Operations before Petersburg, being engaged in the Action of Hatcher's Run, Feb. 5‑6, 1865; as Acting Inspector-General of the Military Division

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866)

of the Atlantic, June, 1865, to Feb. 21, 1866; and on leave of absence, Feb. 21 to June 13, 1866.

Served: as Principal Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, at the Military Academy, July 1, 1866, to Aug. 31, 1868; in

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 44th Infantry, July 28, 1866)

command of regiment, at Lincoln Barracks, D. C., to Apr. 2, 1869, — and

(Unassigned, Mar. 30, 1869)

of First Military District (Virginia), with his brevet rank, Apr. 2‑20, 1869; and awaiting orders, to Dec. 3, 1870.

Honorably Discharged, at his own Request, Dec. 3, 1870.

Civil History. — President of the College of the City of New York, since July 21, 1869. Degree of LL. D., conferred by Hobart College, N. Y., 1870.

Vol. IV
p99
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — President of the College of the City of New York, 1869 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]

Vol. V
p85
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — President of the College of the City of New York, 1869 to 1902, 33⅓ years. — Retired President since December 1st, 1902. —

Medal of Honor

for distinguished personal gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3d, 1863. — Commissioner for the New York Monuments, battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga, 1895 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. LL. D. Hobart, 1870. — President U. S. Military Service Institution, 1908 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. Commander-General Military Order of Foreign Wars, 1894 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. Residence, Riverdale, N. Y.

Vol. VI
p75
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Alexander Stewart Webb, Born Feb. 15, 1835.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor

Brevet Major-General, U. S. A., March 13, 1865.

Lieut.‑Colonel, 44th Infantry, July 28, 1866.

Honorably Discharged, at His Own Request, Dec. 3, 1870.

Civil History. — President of the College of the City of New York, 1869 to 1902, 33⅓ years. Retired President since December 1st, 1902.

Medal of Honor

for distinguished personal gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3d, 1863. Commissioner for the New York Monuments, battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga, 1895 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. LL. D. Hobart, 1870. — President U. S. Military Service Institution, 1908 to [image ALT: an underscored blank]. Commander-General Military Order of Foreign Wars, 1894.

Died, Feb. 12, 1911, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 76.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1911.


The Author's Note:

1 Son of James Watson Webb, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States to Brazil.


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