Terry, Alfred Howe

Terry, Alfred Howe,

1827–90, American general, b. Hartford, Conn. A lawyer, he led a regiment of Connecticut volunteers at the first battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. Made a brigadier general of volunteers in 1862, he took part in various operations along the S Atlantic coast in 1862–63. For his capture of Fort FisherFort Fisher,
Confederate earthwork fortification, built by Gen. William Whiting in 1862 to guard the port of Wilmington, N.C.; scene of one of the last large battles of the Civil War.
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 in Jan., 1865, he was promoted to major general of volunteers and made a brigadier general in the regular army. In 1876 he directed the campaign against the Sioux and personally led the column converging on the Native Americans from Dakota. The cavalry under Gen. George CusterCuster, George Armstrong,
1839–76, American army officer, b. New Rumley, Ohio, grad. West Point, 1861. Civil War Service

Custer fought in the Civil War at the first battle of Bull Run, distinguished himself as a member of General McClellan's staff in the
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, massacred at the Little Bighorn, included part of Terry's force. He was promoted to major general in 1886 and retired in 1888.
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Terry, Alfred Howe

(1827–90) soldier; born in Hartford, Conn. A Connecticut militia officer, he commanded federal forces from First Bull Run (July 1861) to the final battles in the Carolinas. One of 15 officers to receive the "Thanks of Congress" (for taking Fort Fisher, N.C.), he remained in the regular army after the Civil War and saw extensive service on the frontier. He was in command of the expedition against the Sioux when Custer met his fate at Little Big Horn in June 1876. He sat on several boards that negotiated treaties with Native Americans.
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