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Name this man (2).

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We're all familiar with the story: a man claiming to be a graduate of West Point, Class of 1843, found work assisting the Governor of his State following the Emergency at Fort Sumter. Then, this man talked his way into being appointed Colonel of one of the State's first infantry regiments of volunteers. Later, in Missouri, this officer had an encounter that resulted in him being briefly removed from command... but things were put right, and this officer arrived at Pittsburg Landing in time to participate in Battle of Shiloh... as a Brigade Commander.

Name this man.

Hint:  NOT Ulysses S. Grant.

 

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Mona and Stan

When first investigating the history of the officer in question, I encountered newspaper claims that "he had been a classmate of Henry Halleck." But, with a birth year of 1823, to have attended West Point in Halleck's Class of 1839 would have meant entering the Military Academy in 1835... when this "cadet" would have been twelve years old. Upon further investigation, numerous claims of "graduated with the Class of 1843" were uncovered: the same USMA Class as Ulysses S. Grant. 

As Mona points out, the Cullum Register is deficient because it only records graduates of West Point; and the term "alumnus" was used by West Point to indicate a graduate (while other universities applied the term to include students who had merely attended.)

As regards "the difficulty in Missouri" leading to the removal of this officer from command, the arresting officer was Brigadier General Stephen Hurlbut. But Hurlbut was found to be "impaired" soon afterwards, and Brigadier General John Pope arrested Hurlbut (Hurlbut was sent home to Belvidere Illinois by Major General Fremont "to await orders.") And so the situation rested until November 1861, when Fremont was removed, and Henry Halleck was installed as commander, Department of the Missouri.

Cheers

Ozzy

 

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Some people have a knack for "promoting themselves." Even if their capacity (and subsequent performance) is overwhelmed by "the promise of their story" ...such is the case with this man. A classmate (briefly) of Ulysses S. Grant at West Point, this man was "looked after" by State politicians, newspaper reporters (who helped spread his "legend") and by graduates of the Military Academy: in particular, Henry Halleck, who rescued him from the limbo into which John Fremont had deposited him; and U.S. Grant, who not only gave him the assignment at Pittsburg Landing that guaranteed this man would be elevated to Brigade Command, but after the war, when Grant was President, this classmate with the disappointing war record was appointed Deputy Collector of Customs for New York City ( a position subsequently held for twenty-five years.)

Better to be lucky, than good... or a man who believed that "having briefly seen the Elephant, he was capable of running the circus?"

 

 

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Well done, Transylvania! (Not an easy one to work out, even with a couple of clues...)

How could a man who "grossly inflated his resume" impact a regiment he was parachuted into command? That is one aspect of the regimental History and war service currently being examined by one of our SDG members, with book focused on The Bloody Third progressing towards completion in 2019.

Cheers

Ozzy

N.B.  And credit as well to Mona (who knew the correct answer, despite Transylvania posting it in code.)

 

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