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Civil War Soldiers - Asboth

Asboth, Alexander S., brigadier-general, was born in Keszthely, Hungary, Dec. 18, 1811. He received his education in Oldenburg, and served some time as a cuirassier in the Austrian army. He then studied law for a time, and, after that, turning his attention to engineering, was employed in various important works in Banat. He served with Kossuth in the Hungarian war of 1848-49, followed Kossuth to Turkey, and then came with him, in 1851, to America, where he soon became a citizen. At the outbreak of the Civil war he offered his services to the government, and, in July, 1861, was sent to Missouri as chief of staff to Gen. Fremont. He was appointed a brigadier-general in September of the same year and commanded the fourth division in Fremont's western campaign. After that he was assigned to command a division in Gen. Curtis' army, and during the Arkansas campaign occupied Bentonville and Fayetteville. In the fighting at Pea ridge he was severely wounded. The year 1863 saw him in command of Columbus, Ky., and in August of that year he was transferred to command the district of West Florida. Shortly afterward, at the battle of Marianna, he was severely wounded, his left cheek bone being broken and his left arm fractured in two places. His services in Florida won him the brevet of major-general, March 13, 1865, and in 1866 he was sent to Argentine Republic and Uruguay, as United States minister. Two years later, Jan. 21, 1868, he died at Buenos Ayres, death being caused by the wound in his face received four years previous.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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