★  Carr, Joseph B.

Joseph Bradford Carr


Born: August 16, 1828

Birthplace: Albany, New York

Father: William Carr 1787 – 1880

Hannah Gardner 1795 – 1887

Wife: Mary S. Gould 1832 – 1914
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York)​


Mary S. Carr 1853 – 1921​
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York)​
Major William Gould Carr 1856 – 1911​
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York)​

Occupation before War:

Tobacconist in Troy, New York​
Served in the New York State Militia, rising to the rank of Colonel​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 2nd New York Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the Battle of Big Bethel, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Served in the Seven Days Campaign​
1862: Appointed Brigadier General but the promotion was plagued​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: His promotion was sent to the President he was reappointed​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg in the Peach Orchard​
1864: His appointment as Brigadier General Expired due to Senate​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1864 – 1865: Commander of African American Soldiers​
Union Army Commander for the Defenses of Yorktown, Virginia​
1865: Appointed Brevet Major General for his service in the war​
1865: Mustered out of the Union Army on August 24th

Occupation after War:

Manufacturer in Troy, New York​
1880 – 1885: New York State Secretary of State​
1885: Unsuccessful Candidate for Lt. Governor of New York​

Died: February 24, 1895

Place of Death: Troy, New York

Cause of Death:
Carcinoma of the neck

Age at time of Death:
66 years old

Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was given command of a division in the 2nd Corps but had to relinquish command when his appointment expired on March 4, 1863 due to lack of Senate confirmation. He was reappointed but the Senate failed to confirm the earlier date. This made him a junior commander and he had to be reassigned.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He led a brigade at Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville. He succeeded the mortally wounded Hiram G. Berry in division command at Chanvellorsville.

Tom Elmore

1st Lieutenant
Member of the Year
Jan 16, 2015
Some soldiers evidently did not care for him: one of his nicknames was "Crazy." He was often taunted for having taught in dancing schools of "low repute" before the war. As he rode past, some would cry out, "right and left," or "all promenade to the barre." (Henry N. Blake, Three Years in the Army of the Potomac, 11th Massachusetts)