Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
Previous Issue [Next Issue]
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches

Text for Page 222 [05-01-1860]

              [newspaper clipping: first column]
MAY 1, 1886.     HARPER�S WEEKLY.

  THE officer whom President
CLEVELAND nominated on the 3d 
of March to fill the vacancy cre-
ated by the death of Major-Gen-
eral HANCOCK has long enjoyed
the entire confidence and respect
of the army.  Born at Hartford,
November 10, 1827, educated in
the New Haven schools and at the
Yale Law School, ALFRED HOWE
TERRY, while practicing law and
serving as Clerk of the Superior
and Supreme Courts of Connecti-
cut, had also connected himself
with the State Militia, and had
been for seven years in command
of the Second Regiment when that
body was called into the field for
three months under President
LINCOLN�S proclamation of April,
1861.  With it he served at Bull
Run, and then promptly reentered
the service as Colonel of the Sev-
enth Connecticut Volunteers,
taking part in General THOMAS W.
SHERMAN�S expedition for that cap-
ture of Port Royal.  Commended
for energy in the siege of Fort
Pulaski, he received command of
this fort after its reduction, and
was made Brigadier-General of
Volunteers, to date from April,
1862.  During the two succeeding
years he served in the operations
around Charleston, commanding
a division of the Tenth Corps, and
being engaged on James Island,
in siege operations against Forts
Sumter, Wagner, and Gregg, and
in demonstrating up Stone River
during the descent on Morris Isl-
and.  Thence, in 1864, he was
transferred with his corps to Vir-
ginia, to the Army of the James,
and was engaged at Chester Sta-
tion, in the battle of Drury�s Bluff,
in actions at Bermuda Hundred,
Deep Bottom, and Fussel�s Mills,
in the siege of Petersburg, and
at Newmarket Heights, New-
market Road, and Williamsburg
  But although he had creditably
held temporary command of his corps
from May to August, and
again from October to November,
1864, his distinctive national fame
was yet to be achieved.  His op-
portunity came when, after the 
mortifying failure of the first at-
tack on Fort Fisher, under Gen-
eral BUTLER, he was directed to


[newspaper clipping: second column]
renew the attempt to capture it
with a force of 8000 men, aided 
by the fleet.  He disembarked his
troops, approached the works, and
carried their successive lines by
assault, losing 110 killed and 536
wounded, and capturing about
2000 prisoners, 169 heavy guns,
and many small-arms.  For this
fine exploit he received the high
reward of a Brigadiership in the
regular army, to date from Jan-
uary 15, 1865, when Fort Fisher
was won.  He was also made a
Major-General of Volunteers, and
received a vote of thanks from 
  Shortly after, he obtained the
full command of the Tenth Corps,
and took part with it in the cap-
ture of Wilmington (for which he
was made a brevet Major-General
in the regular army) and in the 
action at Northeast Creek.  When
the war closed he had charge for
a time of the Department of Vir-
ginia, but for many years he has 
commanded the Department of
Dakota, and ten years ago he
took the field in the Sioux hostil-
  General TERRY has had in 
many respects a fortunate and
enviable military career.  Enter-
ing the war for the Union among
the first, he was yet called upon 
for no exercise of supreme re-
sponsibility�serving, in fact, off
the main lines of operations�
until he had three years� experi-
ence.  Then, ripened and instruct-
ed, he found his one grand op-
portunity for great fame almost
at the very end of the war, and
nobly rose to it.
  Tall and soldierly in bearing,
winning in presence and person-
al traits, of admirable discretion,
thoroughly upright and conscien-
tious in his performance of duty,
favored by the advantages of
coming of good Connecticut stock
and of enjoying a good education,
General TERRY has always been
looked up to by brother officers
with a degree of esteem in no re-
spect diminished by the fact that
his military education was not ac-
quired at West Point, but that he
had learned his profession in the
stern school of war.  His traits
and temperament peculiarly fit
him for the administrative duties
of a department commander.               
Loading content ...