Charles Lane Fitzhugh
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|Charles Lane Fitzhugh|
General Charles Lane Fitzhugh
|Born||August 22, 1838|
|Died||September 16, 1932
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861 - 1868|
Brevet Brigadier General
|Commands held||2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Fitzhugh was appointed to the United States Military Academy in 1859, but left in September 1861 before finishing to join the Union war effort. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 4th United States Regular Artillery in October 1861, and served as an Aide-de-Camp to major general Don Carlos Buell during the April 1862 Shiloh Campaign.
Fitzhugh then led the 4th Regular Artillery's Battery C, commanding it in all the Army of the Potomac's 1864 battles and campaigns in Virginia. On December 24, 1864, he was commissioned a Colonel of Volunteers, and was given command of the 6th New York Volunteer Cavalry. His direct role with the unit, though, was nominal; he was promoted specifically to command the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division of Major General Philip Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah. He led the brigade through to the end of the war, and briefly was in charge of the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry (a "holding" unit for soldiers awaiting muster out) before being mustered out the volunteer service himself.
On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers for "gallantry, energy and ability" and Brigadier General, U.S. Regular Army for "gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war". Reverting to Regular Army rank of lieutenant, he served in the postbellum forces until he resigned in 1868.
- Charles Lane Fitzhugh, Brigadier General, United States Army, Arlington National Cemetery profile. (URL accessed May 27, 2006)