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Civil War Soldiers - Shaler
|Shaler, Alexander, brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Haddam, Conn., May 19, 1827, and was educated
in private schools. When eighteen years old he joined the New York
state militia as a private in the 8th regiment, and was subsequently
transferred to the noted 7th regiment. He was a close student of
tactics and won repeated promotions — having served in turn as
corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and major, which last-named
rank he reached on Dec. 13, 1860. When the 65th regiment, N. Y.
volunteers, was recruited for service in the Civil war in 1861, Maj.
Shaler was appointed its lieutenant-colonel in June, and became its
colonel in July, 1862, serving with distinction in the Army of the
Potomac up to the fall of 1863. He was then given command of the
military prison at Johnson's island, Ohio, serving through the winter
of 1863-64, when he rejoined the Army of the Potomac, having been
commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on May 26, 1863. He
fought in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac up to that of the
Wilderness, where he was captured and carried a prisoner of war to
Macon, Ga. In Charleston, S. C., he was held during the summer of 1864
a prisoner under the fire of Federal batteries. He was subsequently
exchanged and commanded a division in the 7th corps, serving in the
Southwest until the close of the war, and was mustered out of service
on Aug. 24, 1865, having received the brevet of major-general of
volunteers on July 27. On retiring from the army Gen. Shaler continued
his interest in military affairs, and was appointed major-general of
the 1st division of the National Guard of New York, serving from
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908