Appointed First Lieutenant, 10th New York Volunteer Cavalry on May 3, 1861 just after the start of the Civil War, he was mustered out on August 31, 1861. He was then appointed Captain, 15th U.S. Infantry as of August 5, 1861. He then served as Colonel, 6th Independent Cavalry, November 11, 1862. He was mustered out of the volunteer service on June 27, 1865 and served in the regular United States Army until he retired in 1896 as Colonel of the 9th United States Cavalry.
He was breveted Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers for service at Richmond, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, during the war. During that time he had commanded the 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Department of Ohio; the 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, XIII Corps; 2nd Brigade, 6th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi.
He was born on Decmber 11, 1832 and died on June 9, 1922. He was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Ellen McGowan Biddle (1847-1922) who lies in an adjacent site wrote “Reminscences of a Soldier's Wife,” Philadelphia, 1907.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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