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Maj. Gen. Abram Duryea
5th New York Infantry
Civil War

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Abram Duryea
Residence was not listed; 46 years old.
Enlisted on 4/25/1861 at New York City, NY as a Colonel.
On 6/20/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NY 5th Infantry
He was discharged for promotion on 9/10/1861
On 9/10/1861 he was commissioned into
US Volunteers General Staff
He Resigned on 1/5/1863
* Brig-General 9/10/1861
* Major-Gen 3/13/1865 by Brevet
Other Information:
born 4/29/1815 in New York City, NY
died 9/27/1890 in New York City, NY
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
- Generals in Blue, Lives of the Union Commanders
- Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
- Heitman: Register of United States Army 1789-1903
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @

Duryee, Abram, brigadier-general, was born in New York
city, April 29, 1815. His father and two uncles were officers
in the war of 1812, while his grandfather was a soldier in the
Revolution and was for a time a prisoner in the old sugar house
on Liberty street. He received a high school education and
acquired a fortune through the sale of mahogany. Joining the
militia as a private when eighteen years old, he rose through
the grades, becoming colonel of the 7th regiment in 1849 and
holding this office fourteen years. He commanded his regiment
in five desperate riots in New York city, was wounded in the
Astor place riot, and his prompt action on that occasion
suppressed a serious outbreak, though not without the loss of
several lives. He was among the first to recruit volunteers
for the Civil war, raising in less than a week, in April, 1861,
the 5th N. Y. regiment, known as "Duryee's Zouaves," leading it
to the front and participating in the first important battle
of the war, the disastrous engagement at Big Bethel, June 1O,
1861. After the battle he was made acting brigadier-general,
superseding Gen. Pierce, and, in Aug., 1861, he was commis-
sioned brigadier-general. He commanded his brigade at Cedar
mountain, Thoroughfare gap, 2nd Bull Run and Chantilly, and at
South mountain and Antietam commanded Ricketts' division when
that officer succeeded Gen. Hooker to the command of the corps.
He was then for a time absent on furlough, and on his return,
finding that his brigade had been given to an inferior, and
that his claims to the old position were ignored, he resigned
Jan. 5, 1863. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers,
March 13, 1865, for distinguished services. He was appointed
police commissioner of New York city, in 1873, holding that of-
fice for many years, and distinguishing himself by routing the
assembled communists in Tompkins square in 1874. He was dock
master from 1884 until 1887. He died in New York city, Sept.
27, 1890.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8



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