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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1841

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Alfred Sully

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born May 22, 1820

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1837, to July 1, 1841, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1841.

Served: in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1841‑42, being engaged in the Attack of Hawe Creek Camp, Jan. 25, 1842; in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1842‑46; on Recruiting service, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; in garrison

(First Lieut., 2d Infantry, Mar. 11, 1847)

at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1848; as Quartermaster, 2d Infantry, Oct. 9, 1848, to Feb. 23, 1852; on voyage to California, 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Monterey, Cal., 1849‑52, — Benicia, Cal., 1852‑53, — Rogue River Expedition, 1853, — Ft. Lane,

(Captain, 2d Infantry, Feb. 23, 1852)

Or., 1853, — and Benicia, Cal., 1853; on voyage to New York, 1853‑54; on frontier duty at Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1854‑56, 1856, — Ft. Pierre, Dak., 1856‑57, — Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1857‑58; on leave of absence in Europe,  p97 1858‑59; and on frontier duty at Ft. Ridgely, Min., 1859, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1859‑60, — and in Operations against Cheyenne Indians, 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in North Missouri Operations, headquarters, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Apr. 29 to Nov. 11, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Nov. 17, 1861,

(Colonel, 1st Minnesota Volunteers, Feb. 22, 1862)

to Mar. 9, 1862; on March from Harper's Ferry to Winchester, Va., Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5

(Major, 8th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1862)

to May 4, 1862, — Combat of West Point, May 7, 1862, — Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31, 1862, — in command of Brigade during the "Change of

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., June 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Va.)

Base" to James River, June, 1862, — Battle of Peach Orchard, June 29, 1862, — Battle of Savage Station, June 29, 1862, — Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, — Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, — and Skirmish

(Bvt. Colonel, July 1, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Va.)

at Harrison's Landing, July 8, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Chantilly, Sep. 1, 1862, — and in command of the Rear Guard on the Retreat to Washington, D. C., on which he ambuscaded the enemy's advance, near Vienna, Sep. 3, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 26, 1862)

Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to May, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 11‑13, 1863, — and Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in command of Brigade, and of the District of Dakota, May, 1863, to Apr., 1866; in command of

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 8, 1865)

Expedition against the hostile Indians of the Northwest, Aug., 1863, to Aug., 1864, being engaged in the Combat of White Stone Hill, Sep. 3, 1863, — Action of Tah‑kah-ha‑kuty, July 28, 1864, — and Skirmish in

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Campaign against the Indians in the Northwest, and at the Battle of White Stone Hill, Dak. Ter.)

the Bad Lands, Aug. 8‑9, 1864; on leave of absence, Apr. 30 to Dec. 28, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Apr. 30, 1866.

Served: as Member of Board for the Examination of Candidates for Promotion in the Army, Dec. 28, 1866, to Feb. 16, 1867; on special duty

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Infantry, July 28, 1866)

under the Interior Department, visiting various Sioux Bands on the Platte and Upper Missouri Rivers, Feb. 16 to Sep. 12, 1867; as Member of Retiring Board, New York City, Sep. 27, 1867, to Mar. 17, 1868; in command of regiment and the District of Upper Arkansas, headquarters Ft. Harker, Kan., May 18, 1868, to Feb. 24, 1869, being on expedition

(Unassigned, Mar. 15, 1869)

against hostile Indians, Aug. 27 to Nov. 22, 1868; as Superintendent of Indians of Montana, May 7, 1869, to Sep. 23, 1870; awaiting orders, to  p98 Dec. 15, 1870, when assigned to 19th Infantry; in command of Baton Rouge, La., Jan. 12 to July 9, 1871, — of Jackson Barracks, La., July 14, 1871, to Mar. 27, 1873, — and Baton Rouge, La., Apr. 1 to June 15, 1873; on sick leave of absence, June 15 to Dec. 11, 1873; in command of Baton

(Colonel, 21st Infantry, Dec. 10, 1873)

Rouge, La., Dec. 11, 1873, to Feb. 28, 1874, — and of regiment and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., May 13, 1874, to Sep. 8, 1876, May 3 to June 11, 1877 and Sep. 23, 1877, to Apr. 27, 1879, except while on leave of absence, Sep. 8, 1876, to May 3, 1877; and on detached duty in Idaho Territory, June 21 to Sep. 23, 1877, during the .

Died, Apr. 27, 1879, at Vancouver Barracks, Wash. Ter.: Aged 58.

Buried, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

 p260  Obituary Order.

Upon the death of Colonel Sully, General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Howard, commanding the Department of the Columbia, issued the following obituary order: —

"It becomes my painful duty to announce the death of Colonel Alfred Sully, 1st Infantry, Brevet Brigadier-General, United States Army. He had been for some weeks reported ill of a malarial fever, but finally his life terminated by a severe internal hemorrhage, so that the news of his death comes suddenly upon his friends. It was my fortune to serve for some time, during the recent war, in the same corps with General Sully, and I have seen much of him since, so that I speak from personal knowledge in saying that he has had a long and event­ful career, and in all the work, often most important and dangerous, given him to do, he has discharged his duty with marked ability, with unflinching courage, and with a generosity and honesty of spirit worthy the highest commendation and becoming an American officer.

"Graduating from the Military Academy in 1841 he served with his regiment, the 2d Infantry, in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, in the Mexican War, through the Rogue River Expedition in Oregon, and in Campaigns against the Sioux and Cheyennes in Minnesota and Nebraska. During the War of the Rebellion, as a Colonel and Brigadier-General, he participated in the Siege of Yorktown, the Combat of West Point, and the Battles of Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, and the marches and campaigns incident thereto.

"Ordered, in 1863, to Dakota Territory, he commanded the expedition against the hostile Indians of the Northwest, defeating the combined tribes at White Stone Hill, for which engagement he was brevetted a Brigadier-General in the Regular service, having already been made a Brevet Major-General of Volunteers.

"Exposure and long service had lately imposed on him heavy physical burdens, yet what do we not owe to his persistent and cheerful efforts to give counsel, supply, and reinforcement during the last two Indian wars here in the Northwest?

"His service record is already clear and abundant. Let the Army review it, rejoice in and emulate it, while the old flag floats where he helped to keep it flying.

"As a mark of respect, the flags at all the posts in this Department will be displayed at half-staff, on the day after the receipt of this order; and the officers of his regiment, serving in this command, and all officers at this post, will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days."

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