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Charles Lane Fitzhugh
General Charles Lane Fitzhugh
August 22, 1838|
Oswego, New York
|Died||September 16, 1923
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America
||United States Army
|Years of service||1861 - 1868|
Brevet Brigadier General
|Commands held||6th New York Cavalry
2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Charles Lane Fitzhugh (August 22, 1838 – September 16, 1923) was a Union Army colonel during the American Civil War, who was later appointed a brevet brigadier general of volunteers for gallantry, energy and ability and a brevet brigadier general in the regular U.S. Army for gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war.
Fitzhugh was appointed to the United States Military Academy in 1859, but left in September 1861 before finishing to join the Union war effort. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 4th United States Regular Artillery in October 1861, and served as an Aide-de-Camp to major general Don Carlos Buell between 1861 and 1863, including during the April 1862 Shiloh Campaign.
Fitzhugh then led the 4th Regular Artillery's Battery C, commanding it in all the Army of the Potomac's 1864 battles and campaigns in Virginia. On December 24, 1864, he was commissioned a Colonel of Volunteers, and was given command of the 6th New York Volunteer Cavalry on February 18, 1865. His direct role with the unit, though, was nominal; he was promoted specifically to command the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division of Major General Philip Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah. He led the brigade from January 15, 1865 through to the end of the war on May 29, 1865. From May 29 1865, to June 17, 1865, he was given command of Brigade 2, Division 1, Cavalry, XXII Corps, Department of Washington. On June 17, 1865 he was appointed in charge of the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry (a "holding" unit for soldiers awaiting muster out) before being mustered out the volunteer service himself on August 6, 1865.
On January 13, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Fitzhugh for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers for "gallantry, energy and ability" to rank from March 13, 1865 and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866. On July 17, 1866, President Johnson nominated Fitzhugh for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general in the U.S. Regular Army for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war" to rank from March 13, 1866 and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on July 23, 1866.
Reverting to Regular Army rank of lieutenant, he served in the postbellum forces until he resigned on May 21, 1868.
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