Aaron S. Daggett

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Aaron Simon Daggett
Aaron S. Daggett Civil War General.jpg
Daggett during the Civil War-era
Born (1837-06-14)June 14, 1837
Greene, Maine
Died May 14, 1938(1938-05-14) (aged 100)
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch US Army
Years of service 1861 - 1901
Rank Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brigadier General
Unit 5th Maine Infantry
16th U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
Awards Purple Heart

Aaron Simon Daggett (June 14, 1837 – May 14, 1938) was the last surviving Union general of the American Civil War when he died at the age of 100.[1]

Biography[edit]

Daggett was born in Greene, Maine, in 1837 to Yankee parents, whose Puritan ancestors came to New England as part of the Puritan migration from England in 1630. Both of Daggett's grandfathers served in the Revolutionary War.

Daggett attended Bates College (then called the Maine State Seminary) in Lewiston, Maine, in 1860.[2] He also attended the Monmouth Academy and Maine Wesleyan Academy.[3]

Daggett enlisted as a private in the 5th Maine Volunteers on April 1861, and became a second lieutenant in May 1861. He fought at the First Battle of Bull Run, and became a captain in August 1861. Daggett went on to fight at West Point, Gaines' Mill, Golding's Farm, White Oak Swamp, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Rappahannock Station, and Fredericksburg.

He became the major of the 5th Maine in January 1863 and fought at Second Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run, the Wilderness, and Cold Harbor where he was wounded. In March 1865, he was appointed a brevet colonel and then brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war."

Daggett believed in the abolition of slavery and fought alongside African-American soldiers during the Civil War with the 5th Maine. He was also a strong supporter of the temperance movement and gave public lectures on the topic.[4] Daggett was a member of the Presbyterian church.[5]

After the war, Daggett became a captain in the 16th U.S. Infantry in 1866. He had also been brevetted as a major in the Regular Army for gallant and meritorious services at Rappahannock Station and lieutenant colonel for services at the Wilderness.

Aaron Daggett went on to fight in: the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and in China, and the Philippines and received the Purple Heart and the Gold Star. Daggett was temporarily promoted to the rank of brigadier general of the volunteers during the Spanish American War and was present at the Battle of San Juan Hill. In 1900 he became a brigadier general of the regular Army before retiring to Auburn, Maine. Daggett died at the age of 100 at his home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on May 14, 1938, making him the last surviving general of the Civil War.[6]

Daggett's grandson was a prominent civil rights activist at the University of New Hampshire.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mosocco.com/pic/daggett.jpg
  2. ^ Maine State Seminary Catalog, 1856-1863; Seminary Advocate, "Seminary Roll of Honor," July 1863 (list of school's Civil War soldiers) (Bates College archives)
  3. ^ Men of the century, an historical work: giving portraits and sketches of ...edited by Charles Morris, (I. R. Hamersly & co., 1896), pg. 165 http://books.google.com/books?id=VtY-AAAAYAAJ
  4. ^ "Church Notes," The Christian work and the evangelist, Volume 83, Nov. 2, 1907, pg. 576
  5. ^ Men of the century, an historical work: giving portraits and sketches of ...edited by Charles Morris, (I. R. Hamersly & co., 1896), pg. 165 http://books.google.com/books?id=VtY-AAAAYAAJ
  6. ^ Men of the century, an historical work: giving portraits and sketches of ...edited by Charles Morris, (I. R. Hamersly & co., 1896), pg. 165 http://books.google.com/books?id=VtY-AAAAYAAJ
  7. ^ University of New Hampshire online magazine

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