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Civil War Soldiers - Pitcher

Pitcher, Thomas G., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Rockport, Ind., Oct. 23, 1824. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1845 and served in the military occupation of Texas, and also in the war with Mexico, where he was engaged at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and the other battles leading up to and including the assault and capture of the City of Mexico, winning the brevet of 1st lieutenant for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco. He was subsequently on duty at various posts until the Civil war, being promoted 1st lieutenant in 1849 and captain in 1858, and he reported for duty in Washington in 1861. He served in the defense of Harper's Ferry in June, 1862, was severely wounded at the battle of Cedar mountain on Aug. 9, and was granted sick leave of absence until Jan., 1863. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and after returning to duty served on commissary and provost duty in Vermont and New York in 1863-64, and was assistant to the provost-marshal-general in Indiana, 1864-66. For gallantry at Cedar mountain he was brevetted major, Aug. 9, 1862, and on March 13, 1865, he was given the brevet ranks in the regular army up to and including that of brigadier-general. He was mustered out of the volunteer service April 30, 1866; was promoted colonel and transferred to the 44th infantry, July 28, 1866, and was transferred to the 1st infantry, Dec. 15, 1870. He was superintendent of the U. S. military academy, 1866-70; was governor of the soldiers' home, near Washington, D. C., from 1870 to 1877, and was superintendent of the New York State soldiers' and sailors' home from 1880 to 1887. He was retired from active service by reason of disability incurred in line of duty, June 28, 1878. Gen. Pitcher died at Fort Bayard, N. M., Oct. 21, 1895.

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

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