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Civil War Soldiers - Van Alen
|Van Alen, James H., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in the state of New York, and early in 1861
offered his services to the Federal government in the then pending
crisis. On Aug. 28, 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the 3d N. Y.
cavalry. He had received authority from the war department on July 26
to recruit this regiment, and it was commonly known as the "Van Alen
cavalry" in honor of its organizer and first colonel. As fast as
organized the several companies left the state and proceeded to
Meridian hill, Washington, where the regiment was organized early in
September and Col. Van Alen assumed command on Sept. 9. With his
regiment he served in Bank's and Stone's divisions of the Army of the
Potomac until the following spring, and on April 15, 1862, Col. Van
Alen was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He served in
this capacity until July 14, 1863, when he resigned from the service
and returned to the pursuits of civil life. Gen. Van Alen lost his
life by drowning on July 22, 1886.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908