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Brig. Gen. Alexander Shaler
Field & Staff
7th Regiment
New York State Militia
Civil War

Alexander Shaler
Alexander Shaler
Residence was not listed; 34 years old.
Enlisted on 4/17/1861 at New York City, NY as a Major.
On 4/26/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NY 7th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/3/1861 at New York, NY
On 6/11/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NY 65th Infantry
He was discharged for promotion on 1/23/1863
On 1/23/1863 he was commissioned into
US Volunteers General Staff
He was discharged (date not stated)
He was listed as:
* POW 5/3/1863 Chancellorsville, VA (Confined at Macon, GA)
* Exchanged 8/4/1864 Charleston, SC
* Lt Colonel 6/11/1861 (As of 65th NY Infantry)
* Colonel 7/17/1862
* Brig-General 1/23/1863
* Major-Gen 7/27/1865 by Brevet
Other Information:
born 3/17/1827 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT
died 12/28/1911
Buried: English Reform Church Cemty, Ridgefield, NJ
Medal of Honor Information:
He was awarded the Medal of Honor
for action on 5/3/1864 at Chancellorsville, VA.
(At critical moment, pushed forward with a supporting
column and turned the enemy flank)

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
- Deeds of Valor. How our Soldier-heroes won the Medal of Honor
- Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994
- Adjutant General's Office General Order #148, October 14, 1865
- Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
- Generals in Blue, Lives of the Union Commanders
- Congress Medal of Honor Legion of the United States
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @

Shaler, Alexander, brigadier-general, was born in Haddam,
Conn. May 19, 1827, and was educated in private schools. When
eighteen years old he joined the New York state militia as a
private in the 8th regiment, and was subsequently transferred
to the noted 7th regiment. He was a close student of tactics
and won repeated promotions-having served in turn as corporal,
sergeant, lieutenant captain, and major, which last-named rank
he reached on Dec. 13, 1860. When the 65th regiment, N. Y.
volunteers, was recruited for service in the Civil war in
1861, Maj. Shaler was appointed its lieutenant-colonel in
June, and became its colonel in July, 1862 serving with
distinction in the Army of the Potomac up to the fall of 1863.
He was then given command of the military prison at Johnson's
island, Ohio, serving through the winter of 1863-64, when he
rejoined the Army of the Potomac, having been commissioned
brigadier-general of volunteers on May 26, 1863. He fought in
all the battles of the Army of the Potomac up to that of the
Wilderness where he was captured and carried a prisoner of war
to Macon Ga. In Charleston, S. C., he was held during the
summer of 1864 a prisoner under the fire of Federal batteries.
He was subsequently exchanged and commanded a division in the
7th corps serving in the Southwest until the close of the war,
and was mustered out of service on Aug. 24, 1865, having
received the brevet of major-general of volunteers on July 27.
0n retiring from the army Gen. Shaler continued his interest
in military affairs, and was appointed major-general of the
1st division of the National Guard of New York, serving from
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8

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