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Andrew Upson (May 18, 1825 – February 18, 1864) was an American politician and American Civil War officer.

He was son of Levi Upson, born in Southington, Connecticut, May 18, 1825

He graduated from Yale College in 1849. After two years employed in teaching at Salem, New Jersey, and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, he returned to his native place, and resided there, engaged in agriculture. He was a member of the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1854.

In August, 1862, Upson entered the military service of the country as First Lieutenant, Company E, 20th Connecticut Infantry Regiment and was subsequently promoted to be Captain of Co K., in the same Regiment. In the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863, he was taken prisoner and carried to Libby Prison. After his release, he was stationed with his company at Tracy City, Tennessee, a small place on the Cumberland Mountains, which it was important to hold for the protection of a coal mine worked for the government. On the 20th of Jan., 1864, a detachment of rebel cavalry dashed into the place, and surrounding the quarters of Captain Upson, took him prisoner. After his surrender he was twice cruelly shot, and on the 19th of February he died from the effects of the double wounds.

He married Miss Elizabeth Gridley, of Southington, Connecticut, who, with three children, survived him.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Yale Obituary Record.

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