★  Steinwehr, Adolph Von

Baron Adolph Wilhelm August Friedrich Von Steinwehr

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Born: September 25, 1822

Birthplace: Blankenburg Brunswick, Germany

Father: Carl Heinrich Gottfried Von Steinwehr 1774 – 1835

Mother: Charlotte Friedrike 1800 –

Wife: Florence Mary

Education:

Attended Brunswick Military Academy​

Occupation before War:

1841 – 1847: Lt. in the Brunswick Army​
1847: Resigned as Lt. in the Brunswick Army​
1847: Emigrated to the United States, Settling in Alabama​
Engineer for United States Coast Survey​
Surveyed the United States – Mexico Border, and Mobile Bay, Alabama​
His Desire to serve in Mexican – American War was denied to him​
1849 – 1854: Lived in Brunswick, Germany​
1854: Returned to United States, purchasing a farm in Connecticut​
Moving to New York before the Start of the War​

Civil War Career:

1861: Colonel of 29th New York Infantry Regiment​
1861: Held in reserve during First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1861 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia​
1862: Served only small service in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1863: Division Commander during Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Division Commander during Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: Suffered from the overwhelming attack by Ewell at Gettysburg​
1863: Served in the Battle of Wauhatchie, Tennessee​
1863: Served in the Third Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee​
1864: Served in the Atlanta Campaign in Georgia​
1864: Served in Sherman’s March to the Sea​
1865: Resigned as Brigadier General on July 3rd

Occupation after War:

Geographer and Cartographer​
Professor at Yale University​

Died: February 25, 1877

Place of Death: Buffalo, New York

Cause of Death: Dysentery

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Burial Place: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York
 
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Polloco

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There was a reorganization in the western armies in the latter part of the war, the 11th and 12th corps were consolidated into the 20th Corps. In the shake-up Von Steinwehr was reduced to brigade command in the 14th Corps. He resented junior officers assigned to division command in the 14th Corps in the new formation while he wasn't. He also felt it beneath a person to serve as brigade commander after he had led divisions and even a corps briefly. He rejected the post and resigned.At first I thought he felt that he thought of himself as a "Baron" and above being only a brigade commander but that doesn't seem to be the case as he once was a colonel and brigadier. It appears the step down and jr. officers passing him up is what he resented.
 

rpkennedy

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There was a reorganization in the western armies in the latter part of the war, the 11th and 12th corps were consolidated into the 20th Corps. In the shake-up Von Steinwehr was reduced to brigade command in the 14th Corps. He resented junior officers assigned to division command in the 14th Corps in the new formation while he wasn't. He also felt it beneath a person to serve as brigade commander after he had led divisions and even a corps briefly. He rejected the post and resigned.At first I thought he felt that he thought of himself as a "Baron" and above being only a brigade commander but that doesn't seem to be the case as he once was a colonel and brigadier. It appears the step down and jr. officers passing him up is what he resented.

There was a lot of that kind of thing in the Civil War. Someone had to swallow a lot of pride to be moved down the chain of command in a time when honor and a man's position was held above even life itself.

Ryan
 

Tom Elmore

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His grandfather reportedly fought in the Prussian army against Napoleon Bonaparte.

My source indicated he went back to Germany in 1852 (vice 1849), returning to the U.S. in June 1854.
 
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