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Civil War Soldiers - Dwight
|Dyer, Alexander B., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Richmond, Va., Jan. 10, 1815. He was graduated
in the United States military academy in 1837, served in garrison, in
the Florida war, was on ordnance duty at various United States
arsenals, 1838-46, and was chief of ordnance to the army invading New
Mexico, 1846-48, serving part of the time on the staff of Gen.
Sterling Price. He was engaged at Canada, in the valley of Taos, where
he was wounded, Feb. 4, 1847, and Santa Cruz de Rosales, Mexico,
receiving for his services the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain.
He was commandant of the armory at Springfield, Mass., 1861-64, and in
charge of the ordnance bureau, Washington, D. C., with the rank of
brigadier-general, 1864-74. During the war he extended greatly the
manufacture of small arms for the army. He invented the Dyer
projectile for cannon. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted
major-general U. S. A. for "faithful and meritorious services during
the war." Gen. Dyer died in Washington, D. C., May 20, 1874.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908