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Civil War Soldiers - Stoughton

Stoughton, Edwin H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Vermont in 1837, served as a cadet at the military academy at West Point from July 1, 1854 to July 1, 1859, when he was graduated and entered the army as brevet second lieutenant of infantry. He served in garrison at Fort Columbus, N. Y., 1859-60, being promoted to second lieutenant in the 6th infantry Sept. 5, 1859, and he resigned from the service on March 4, 1861. He served during the Civil war, first in scouting in western territories in 1861; in the defenses of Washington, D. C., from Sept., 1861, to March, 1862, having been commissioned colonel of the 4th Vt. infantry on Sept 21, 1861. He served with the Army of the Potomac in the Peninsular campaign, being engaged in the siege of Yorktown, the action at Lee's mill, the battles of Williamsburg, Savage Station and the operations before Richmond. He was on leave of absence from July to Nov., 1862; was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on Nov. 5, and was in command of a brigade covering the defenses of Washington from that time until March 8, 1863, when he was captured by Mosby's command at Fairfax Court House. His commission expired by constitutional limitation March 4, 1863, and after being released as a prisoner of war he located in New York city and commenced the practice of law. He died in that city Dec. 25, 1868.

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

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