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    ALS of General Alexander Webb with Cover - Inventory Number: DOC 180 / Sold

    Stationary from "The College of the City of New York"  Dated January 7, 1892.  

    "My Dear Capt. Albee,

    I am very grateful for you kind remembrance of me.

    It is excellent work and most attractive.

    I remain

    Truly Yours,

    Alex. S. Webb

    Cover is inscribed to Colonel George E. Albee 

     Professionally framed, frame measures 17 3/8" x 10 1/8".  

    Alexander Stewart Webb:

    Residence was not listed; a 26 year-old US Army Officer.

    Enlisted as a Captain (date unknown).

    On 5/14/1861 he was commissioned into US Army 11th Infantry 

    He was discharged for promotion on 9/13/1861

     (Prior service in US Army since 07/01/1855)

    On 9/13/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff RI 1st Light Artillery 

    He Resigned on 10/9/1862

    On 6/23/1863 he was commissioned into 

    US Volunteers General Staff 

    He was Mustered Out on 1/15/1866

     (Subsequent service in US Army until 12/05/1870)

    He was listed as:

    * Detached 9/15/1862 5th Army Corps (Estimated day)


    * Major 9/13/1861 (As of 1st RI LA)

    * Lt Colonel 8/20/1862 

    * Brig-General 6/23/1863 

    * Major 7/3/1863 by Brevet 

    * Lt Colonel 10/11/1863 by Brevet 

    * Colonel 5/12/1864 by Brevet 

    * Major-Gen 8/1/1864 by Brevet 

    * Brig-General 3/13/1865 by Brevet 

    * Major-Gen 3/13/1865 by Brevet

    Other Information:

    Born 2/15/1835 in New York City, NY

    Died 2/12/1911 in Riverdale, NY

    (Graduate USMA 07/01/1855)

    Medal of Honor Information:

    He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on 7/3/1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

    (Distinguished personal gallantry in leading his men forward at a critical period in battle)

     - Register of Rhode Island Volunteers 1861-1865

     - Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994

     - Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

     - Heitman: Register of United States Army 1789-1903

     - Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue


    Webb, Alexander S., brigadier-general, was born in New York city Feb. 15, 1835, a son of Gen. James Watson Webb, and was educated at private schools and at West Point academy, where he was graduated in 1855.  He was then commissioned lieutenant in the 2nd artillery; served in the Florida campaign and on frontier duty in Minnesota during the period from 1855-57; was then appointed assistant professor of mathematics at West Point, and in Feb., 1861 was detailed to form a new battery from among the soldiers there.  It was from this company that young Webb was detailed to guard with soldiers in citizens' clothes, the headquarters of Gen. Scott, the old soldier refusing to allow any guard around his house.  He was then detailed to light battery A and proceeded to Fort Pickens, Fla., then in a state of siege.  He left Fort Pickens to take part with this battery in the first Bull Run battle; remained at Centerville to cover the retreat the night after McDowell's defeat; was then made assistant chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac, was next major of the 1st R. I. infantry, but never joined the regiment; served with the Army of the Potomac during the summer of 1862; was appointed assistant inspector-general with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and shortly afterward chief of staff of the 5th army corps on the special recommendation of Gen. McClellan.  In November 1862, he was appointed inspector of artillery and assigned to duty at Camp Barry, Washington, where he remained till January 1863, when he returned to the field and served as assistant inspector-general, 5th corps, until June 29, when he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers and placed in command of the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps.  He was present with his brigade at the battle of Gettysburg, and in repulsing Pickett's famous charge on the third day was conspicuous for his bravery and military skill, being wounded while leading his men.  Subsequently he was awarded by General Meade a bronze medal for "distinguished personal gallantry on that ever memorable field," and was brevetted major, U. S. A., for the part he took in that struggle.  He was in command of the 2nd division, 2nd corps, for one year, and at Bristoe Station during the Rapidan campaign, his division, leading the 2nd corps, received the attack of the whole of Hill's corps.  From this Confederate corps he took 6 guns and more than 2,000 prisoners.  For this he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, U. S. A.  He was in the battles of the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania, was severely wounded during the last day's fight and forced to retire from active service for the rest of the year, being brevetted colonel, U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious services at Spottsylvania.  While on sick leave, Aug. 1, 1864, he was brevetted major-general of volunteers for gallant and distinguished conduct at Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, the battles in the Wilderness, and Spottsylvania.  On Jan. 11, 1865, he returned to active service as chief-of-staff to Gen. George G. Meade, commanding the Army of the Potomac in the operations before Petersburg, and so served during the campaign which resulted in the surrender of the Confederates under Gen. Lee.  He was brevetted brigadier-general, U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious services in the campaign which terminated with the surrender of Gen. Lee and at the same time was brevetted major-general, U. S. A., for gallant and meritorious services during the Civil War.  In June, 1865, he was assigned to duty by the president with the rank of major-general, U. S. A., to act as inspector-general of the military division of the Atlantic.  Gen. Webb was mustered out of the volunteer service on Jan. 15, 1866, and became principal assistant professor of geography, history and ethics, at West Point.  On the reorganization of the army he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 44th infantry, which regiment he commanded in the Department of Washington, then as major-general, U. S. A., commanded the first military district, and was, at his own request, honorably discharged from the service on Dec. 3, 1870.  

    To finish his military career it is well to state that the retiring board, before which he appeared in 1870, wanted evidence of General Webb's disability, which he did not know it was necessary for him to furnish.  Through this misunderstanding the board failed to recommend his retirement and General Webb resigned.

    George Emerson Albee:

    Residence Madison WI;

    Enlisted on 6/25/1862 as a Private.

    On 6/25/1862 he mustered into "G" Co.

    US Volunteers 1st SharpShooters

    He was discharged for wounds on 10/20/1862

    On 12/23/1863 he mustered into WI 3rd Light Artillery

    He was discharged for promotion on 2/11/1864

    On 2/11/1864 he was commissioned into "F" Co. WI 36th Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 7/12/1865 at Jeffersonville, IN

    On 9/18/1865 he was commissioned into "B" Co. US CT 36th Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 10/28/1866

     (Subscquent service in US Army until retiring 06/28/1878)

    He was listed as:

    * Wounded 8/30/1862 2nd Bull Run, VA (Wounded in hip)

    * POW 8/25/1864 Reams' Station, VA

    * Detached Service 12/12/1864 David's Island, NY Harbor

    * Returned 5/22/1865 (place not stated)


    * 2nd Lieut 2/11/1864 (As of Co. F 36th WI Inf)

    * 1st Lieut 10/18/1864

    * 1st Lieut 3/13/1865 by Brevet

    * 2nd Lieut 9/18/1865 (As of Co. B 36th USCT Infantry)

    Other Information:

    born in 1845 in New Hampshire

    died 3/24/1918

    Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

    Gravesite: 2-850ES

    Inventory Number: DOC 180 / Sold