Andrew H. Embler

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Andrew H. Embler
Major General Andrew Embler.jpg
Major Andrew Embler in 1914
Nickname(s) “The General”
Born (1834-06-09)June 9, 1834
Montgomery, NY
Died July 28, 1918(1918-07-28) (aged 84)
New Haven, CT
Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Major General
Unit Company H, 71st New York State Militia
Company E, 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry
Company D, 59th New York Volunteer Infantry
Commands held Company E, 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry
Company D, 59th New York Volunteer Infantry
American Civil War Battle of Boydton Plank Road
Battle of First Bull Run
Battle of Antietam
Awards Medal of Honor
Spouse(s) Maria Elanora Dickerson
Other work Southern New England Telephone Company

Andrew Henry Embler, born in Montgomery, New York on June 29, 1834, was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He received the country’s highest award for braver during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Boydton Plank Road in Virginia on October 27, 1864. He would later serve as the Connecticut Adjutant General for two years.[1][2][3]

Military career[edit]

Andrew enlisted into the 71st New York State Militia eight days after the Battle of Fort Sumter. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant into Company H. He was wounded in the hip during the Battle of First Bull Run on July 21, 1861. After recovering from his injury, he was appointed as Captain and Commander of Company E, 82nd New York Volunteer Infantry on December 5, 1861. As the unit commander, he led the unit at the Battle of Antietam, being wounded again on September 17, 1862.

Battle of Boydton Plank Road[edit]

During the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia in October 1864, the Union Army sought to seize a critical supply line for the Confederate Army – Boydton Plank Road. Captain Embler was now commander of Company D of the 59th New York Volunteer Infantry which was a key unit during the battle. Captain Embler led his unit as the spearhead of two regiments that attacked the Confederate’s main body and allowed the Union to establish a barricade on the road. The Union Army, under Major General Winfield S. Hancock, would achieve a tactical victory of the Confederate Army before both sides would settle down for the winter. For these actions, Captain Embler would be awarded the Medal of Honor[4]

Captain Embler would continue to serve in the Union Army throughout the duration of the war and was present at Appomattox Court House in April 1865 to witness the surrender of the Confederate Army. For his service, he was brevetted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Medal of Honor Citation[edit]

Charged at the head of 2 regiments, which drove the enemy's main body, gained the crest of the hill near the Burgess house and forced a barricade on the Boydton road.[1][2]

After the War[edit]

Andrew returned to Montgomery, New York after the war but would soon move to Connecticut to seek business opportunities. In 1878 he was one of the founders of the District Telephone Company of New Haven, which would become Southern New England Telephone.[5] In 1877 he joined the First Company Governor's Foot Guard to which he served as the Major Commandant from February 28, 1881 ti January 30, 1882. Now a respected businessman and war hero, Governor Morgan Bulkeley appointed him to the position of Adjutant General on January 10, 1890 and the rank of Major General.

Personal life[edit]

Andrew married Maria Elanora Dickerson (July 11, 1839 – August 8, 1927) of Minisink Ford, New York. Around June 1918, General Embler attended a memorial service for members of the Old New Haven Blues who had fallen in France during World War I. It is suspected that he contracted pneumonia during this event and combined with weakening health, he died on July 28 at the age of 84. His wife remained in New Haven and would live another nine years, living to the age of 88. Both are interred at the Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Henry Embler". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Embler, Andrew H.". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ CWSAC Report Update
  5. ^ AT&T SNET Fairfield County White Pages, Customer Service Guide page 14, "Local Toll-free Calling Areas", August 2006 edition
  6. ^ "Embler, Andrew H.". Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Lucius A. Barbour
Connecticut Adjutant General
January 10, 1890 - 1892
Succeeded by
Edward E. Bradley