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Edwin Henry Stoughton
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Born (1838-06-23)June 23, 1838
Chester, Vermont
Died December 25, 1868(1868-12-25) (aged 30)
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Falls, Vermont
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1859–1863
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier general (appointed, not confirmed)
Commands held 4th Vermont Infantry
2nd Vermont Brigade
Battles/wars American Civil War
  • Peninsula Campaign
Other work Attorney

Edwin Henry Stoughton (June 23, 1838 – December 25, 1868), was appointed a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War but his appointment expired after it was not confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Four days later, on March 8, 1863, he was captured by Confederate partisan ranger John S. Mosby while asleep at his headquarters in the Virginia village of Fairfax Court House. The incident became well known and Stoughton became an object of ridicule as a result. He was included in a prisoner exchange two months later, but resigned his commission after he was not reappointed as a brigadier general.

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