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Gen. Griffin Alexander Stedman, Jr.

Gen. Griffin Alexander Stedman, Jr.

Male 1838 - 1864  (26 years)

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  • Name Griffin Alexander Stedman 
    Prefix Gen. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 6 Jan 1838  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Aug 1864  Petersburg, Petersburg City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 6 Aug 1864  Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Gen. Griffin Alexander Stedman, Jr. was commissioned as a Major of the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.  He was promoted to Lt. Col. and later to Brevet Brigadier General.  He died of wounds in a battle at Petersburg, Virginia in August 1864.  The Union fort that was erected at Petersburg that was the site of one of the last major battles on the War was named Fort Stedman in his honor.

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      Civil War Manuscripts held by the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT:


      Stedman, Griffin Alexander, Jr. (1838-1864)
      Hartford
      Fifth Connecticut Infantry, Company I
      Eleventh Connecticut Infantry
      1861 October 29
      1 Item

      Letter, 2 pp., from Camp Banks near Darnestown, MD, to Samuel Colt
      (1814-1862). Stedman enlisted on 22 June
      1861 and was mustered-in a Captain, Company I, 5th Connecticut Infantry, on 22 July 1861. He later joined the
      11th Connecticut Infantry and rose to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. Stedman inquires about a position in
      Colt’s regiment, which was originally intended to become a part of the Regular Army. Stedman writes that he would
      exchange his Captain’s commission for a Lieutenancy in the regular army, though he would prefer to join the Cavalry.
      Young Stedman is very anxious for a transfer. Finally, he thanks Colt, "for the elegant pistol you so kindly bestowed
      upon me." Also see following entry.

      Location: MS Colt, Samuel, Papers, Box 8


                       Captain
                       Brevet Brigadier General
      Stedman, Griffin Alexander, Jr. (1838-1864)
      Hartford
      Fifth Connecticut Infantry, Company I
      Eleventh Connecticut Infantry
      1861-1864
      21 Items

      Letters to Charles Jeremy Hoadley (1828-1900), Hartford, from Philadelphia and various locations in the south.
      After prior service in the 5th Connecticut Infantry, Stedman was promoted to Major, 11th Connecticut Infantry, on
      27 November 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 11 June 1862 and was wounded in action during
      the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862. He was promoted Colonel on 25 September 1862 and was breveted
      Brigadier General on 5 August 1864. He was killed the next day at Petersburg, VA. The collection also contains a
      printed memorial poem by Lydia H. Sigourney in honor of General Stedman and a photograph of three unidentified
      women. Also see previous entry.

      Location: MS Hoadley Collection, Box 7, Miscellaneous


                       Captain
                       Brevet Brigadier General
      Stedman, Griffin Alexander (1838-1864)
      Hartford
      Fifth Connecticut Infantry, Company I
      Eleventh Connecticut Infantry
      1863
      3 Items

      Correspondence from Griffin Stedman, probably drafts of letters sent. Letter dated 14 January 1863, Camp opposite
      Fredericksburg, VA, to Lt. Watson Webb (1833-1876), regarding three deserters who had been absent for about
      six months and who now wished to produce a surgeon's certificate to explain their absence. Stedman refers to them
      as "stragglers, skulkers and cowards" and writes, "I am unwilling to have these fellows treated honorably --" Letter
      dated 13 April 1863, Suffolk, VA, to an unnamed party, regarding deserter Alfred West, states that he believes West
      left intending to desert and, though West had left on a furlough, had never given any indication of his desire to report
      back to the regiment. Stedman notes that West had been considered a deserter for "a long time" and begs "leave to
      inform you that no step can be taken which will obtain a descriptive list - which will enable him to obtain for him pay
      during this time --" Letter of 3 June 1863, Suffolk, VA, to Governor William A. Buckingham (1804-1875) notes that
      Stedman had received a letter from Colonel Gates to and forwarded by Governor Buckingham to Stedman regarding
      men recruited by Captain Lewis. Though 140 men were shown on the books as enlisted and forwarded to Fort
      Trumbull, only 20 men had made it to the regiment. Stedman was not consoled by the fact that the recruits were of
      "bad material" but felt a week with the regiment would have changed that fact. Stedman felt that the men should have
      been forwarded to the regiment immediately and not held "at a Post for months . . . [where their] liberties and
      indulgences are unlimited - " This letter is incomplete and probably represents a draft form of the letter sent.

      Location: MS 94765
    Person ID I6827  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2010 

    Father Griffin Alexander Stedman,   b. 1810, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1883, Windsor Locks, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Mary ap Owen Shields,   b. 1815, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1877, New London, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 2 May 1833  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2670  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jan 1838 - Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Aug 1864 - Petersburg, Petersburg City, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 6 Aug 1864 - Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Link to Google Earth
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