Ira Coray Abbott was born on December 14, 1824, and died on October 9, 1908.
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General.
General Abbott first served in the Civil War as Lieutenant Colonel, then Colonel and commander of the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiment. He was wounded in the face at the Battle of Fredericksburg. At the Battle of Gettysburg, his regiment was part of Colonel William S. Tilton's brigade that fought against attacking Confederates in the Stony Hill area West of the Wheatfield on July 2, 1863. Under intense fire, he kept his Michigan soldiers on the battle line until he himself was shot and seriously wounded, and had to retreat to the rear of the Union lines.
He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for “gallant and meritorious services during the war”. A monument to his regiment stand in the Loop on Sickles Avenue in the Gettysburg National Military Park.
When he died in 1908 he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 2, Grave 876).
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