Cdv of General Alexander Chambers. Wounded at both Shiloh and Iuka, Chambers would rise to the rank of general before the end of the war.
Chambers would serve in the Indian Wars as well, including the famous Centennial Campaign in 1876.
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Alexander Chambers (August 23, 1832 - January 2, 1888) was a US Army officer, who became a general during the American Civil War.
Chambers was born in Cattaraugus, New York. He graduated from West Point with the class of 1853 (which also included John Schofield and Philip Sheridan), and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He fought in the Seminole War from 1855, and was promoted to first lieutenant in 1859. In May 1861, shortly after the war started, he was promoted to captain, and performed recruiting duty in Iowa. Promoted to colonel in March 1862, he took command of the 16th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, leading it at the Battle of Shiloh and the Battle of Iuka, being wounded on both occasions. Returning to duty, he led a brigade in the Vicksburg Campaign. In August 1863, he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and led a division in the XVII Corps, but his appointment was revoked by the U.S. Senate in April 1864. On December 8, 1868, President Andrew Johnson nominated Chambers for appointment to the brevet grade of brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, for the Battle of Champion's Hill, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on February 16, 1869.
After the war, he reverted to the rank of captain and remained in the army and served as a military judge-advocate in Nebraska, receiving promotions to major and lieutenant colonel. He was also military attache to the Ottoman Empire from July 1877 to September 1878. His last appointment was as garrison commander at Fort Townsend. He died in San Antonio, Texas with the rank of colonel in the 17th U.S. Infantry Regiment and was buried in Owatonna, Minnesota.
REPORT OF MAJOR CHAMBERS.
Headquarters Principal Depot General Recruiting Service,
Fort Columuus, New York Harbor,
Sir: I have the honor to make the following report of tho disposition of the troops of the infantry battalion on the afternoon of the 9th aud morning of tho 10th of September, 1876, at Slim Buttes, on Rabbit Creek, Dakota Territory.
Four companies—F, Capt. G. L. Luhn; D, First Lieut. Henry Setou, Fourth; H, Ninth, Second Lieut. Charles M. Rockefeller, and C, Fourteenth Infantry, Capt. D. W. Burke—under command of Capt. A. S. Burt, Ninth Infantry, took the commanding hills and bluffs to tho south and southwest of the camp, driving away the Indians who were annoying the camp by a desultory fire at long range. This movement was made without causalty, with the exception of private Robert Fitz Henry, Company H, Ninth Infantry, slightly wounded.
Companies B, Capt. J. Konnington; F, Capt. Thomas F. Tobey, and I, First Lieut. Frank Taylor, Fourteenth Infantry, wero posted on the south side of camp, concealed by bluffs, ready in case an attack should bo made from that direction.
Companies C, Capt. Samuel Muneon, and G, First Lieut. William L. Carpenter, Ninth Infantry, took a range of bluffs on north side of camp, driving away the Indians.
Company G, Fourth Infantry, Capt. William H. Powell, reported to General Crook to perform the duty of a complete destruction of the village.
These companies having performed the duties assigned them, were withdrawn after dark, and strong pickets posted.
Before daylight on the morning of the 10th, Capt. William H. Powell, with Company G, Fourth, and B, F, and 1, Fourteenth Infantry, under their respective commanders, were moved to and occupied a strong position on the bluffs south aud southwest of camp, skirmishing with Indians after daylight till the whole command was under march, when they joined the infantry battalion.
The report is made at this late day, owing to subreports having been lost and but recently found.
The officers and men of tho command performed their duties in their usual gallant manner.
Attention is called to the inclosed subreports.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
ALEX. CHAMBERS, Major Fourth Infantry, Commanding Infantry Battalion.
The Assistant Adjutant-general,
Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition, Omaha, Nebr.