Today, the 1870's. It was a decade of great loss: the lives of four distinguished and brave generals ended.
Henry J. Baxter. Commanded river crossing assault at Fredericksburg, again wounded. Brigadier General Mar. 12, 1863, action at Gettysburg and in Overland Campaign; wounded for third time, Battle of Wilderness. Honorably discharged, Aug. 24, 1865. Register of Deeds, Jonesville, Mich.; Minister to Honduras, 1869-1872. Died: Dec. 30, Jonesville, age 52. Burial: Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville.
George L. Hartsuff. Brevet Colonel, U.S. Army, Sept. 17, 1862, “for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Antietam.” Major General of Volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862. Brevets for meritorious service in campaign resulting in Lee’s surrender and “for gallant and meritorious service in the field during the war.” Retired, Jun. 29, 1871, for disability from wounds received in battle. Died: May 16, at New York City, age 44. Burial: West Point Cemetery, West Point, N.Y.
George A. Custer. Brigadier General, Jun. 29, 1863, commanding Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Brevets as Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Major Gener “for gallant and meritorious service” in battles of Gettysburg, Yellow Tavern, Winchester, Five Forks, and in Appomattox campaign, respectively. Lieutenant Colonel, 7th U.S. Cavalry, Jul. 28, 1866. Killed in action at Little Big Horn River, Mont., Jun. 25, 1876. Burial: U.S. Military Academy.
John H. Beech. Acting Brigade Surgeon Nov. 1863 – Feb. 1865. Resigned Apr. 4, 1865. Died: Oct. 17, age 59. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater.
Alpheus S. Williams. Served as division and acting corps commander in Army of the Potomac, including corps command on right flank at Gettysburg. Transferring to Western Theatre, Sept. 1863. Headed one of Sherman’s columns on March to the Sea. Brevet Major General, Jan. 1865. Military administrator, Arkansas, mustered out Jan. 15, 1866. Democratic candidate for Governor, 1866. Minister Resident to San Salvador, 1866-1869. Elected as Democrat to 44th, 45th Congresses,[i] served until suffering stroke in committee room of U.S. Capitol, Dec. 16, 1878. Died in hotel room, Dec. 21, age 68. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit.
Charles Frederick Trowbridge. Born May 12, 1837, in Detroit.. Graduate of University of Michigan Law School, 1861. Enlisted April 24, 1861, in First Michigan Infantry (90 days). Appointed First Lieutenant, 16th U.S. Infantry, May 14, 1861. Appointed aide-de-camp to Major General Fitz-John Porter to September 1862. Engaged at Battle of Antietam. Appointed Captain, 16th U.S. Infantry, January 13, 1863. Appointed provost marshal of division, Fourteenth Army Corps. Certified to the retired list due to illness contracted on march to Atlanta. Died: February 9, 1878, in Ann Arbor. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit.
[i] In Congress he secured the first appropriation directly for Yellowstone National Park administration. See http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/yell/cramton/sec12.htm, accessed on October 13, 2014.