Edward Griffin Beckwith
Brigadier General, United States Army
as Major, 2nd US Artillery and Brevet Brigadier General during the Civil
War. He died on June 22, 1881, aged 63 years and was buried in Section
3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
He was born in New York in 1818, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1842, 13th of a class of 56, and was posted to the Artillery.
He fought in Mexican War, and served in western explorations and Indian fighting before becoming Chief of Commissary for the Department of Pennsylavania, April 25-July 25, 1861), of the Shenandoah, July 25, 1861-February 1862, of V Corps, March 8-June 27, 1862, and of the Army of Virginia, June 27-September 2, 1862. He was named Colonel, Additional Aide-de-Camp, July 5 1862-May 31, 1866.
He continued to be Chief of Commissary, outfitting Banks' New Orleans Expedition and of the Department of the Gulf, December 17, 1862-July 1865.
He was promtoed to Major, 2nd U.S. Artillery February 8, 1864, and was breveted Brigadier General, United States Army, for his war service.
He continued in Regular Army, retiring in 1879 due to ill health.
His wife Cornelia Beckwith, died on August 22, 1922 (aged 82 years) and is buried with him in Arlington National Cemetery.
Edward Griffin Beckwith of New York
Appointed from New York, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1838 (13)
Second Lieutenant, 3rd U. S. Artillery, 1 July 1842
First Lieutenant, 18 June 1846
Captain, 12 May 1855
Colonel and Assistant Aide de Camp, 5 July 1862 to 31 May 1866
Major, 2nd U. S. Artillery, 8 February 1864
Retired 20 March 1879
Breveted Lieutenant Colonel and Brigadier General of Volunteers, 13 March 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war
Died 22 June 1881
BECKWITH, EDWARD Griffin
United States Army
DATE OF DEATH: 06/22/1881
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1922
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 22 August 2000 Updated: 15 February 2003 Updated: 19 July 2005