Morgan Henry Chrysler
|Morgan Henry Chrysler|
Morgan H. Chrysler
September 30, 1822|
Ghent, New York
|Died||August 24, 1890
Kinderhook, New York
|Buried at||Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861–1866|
|Rank||Brevet Major General|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Civil War service
When the American Civil War began in 1861, Chrysler chose to support the Union cause. He entered federal service as a private for a company which later joined the 30th New York Infantry. He was appointed captain of the 30th New York on June 1, 1861. He became major on March 11, 1862; lieutenant colonel on August 30, 1863; and colonel of a regiment of cavalry on December 13, 1863.
Chrysler served in the Peninsula Campaign, the Second Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Chancellorsville. He and the regiment were mustered out after the battle of Chancellorsville because their term of service was expired. He was instantly granted the authority to reorganize the discharged men into a cavalry regiment. In fifty-five days, he raised the 2nd New York veteran cavalry, which consisted of 1,176 men. He and his regiment were briefly stationed at Washington during the winter of 1863–64, before they were sent to New Orleans, Louisiana, to join the Department of the Gulf. Chrysler's regiment participated in the Red River Campaign, and led a brigade of cavalry as the advance guard of Lawler's Division to secure a crossing on the Atchafalaya River used by Confederate forces to threaten the union camp at Morganza, Louisiana. They did their remaining service in the lower South. Chrysler commanded a brigade in Thomas John Lucas's division during the final campaign against Mobile in 1865.
- Wilson & Grant (1888), p. 612
- Warner (1964), p. 82
- "Flag: 2nd Alabama Infantry". archives.alabama.gov. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- Wilson, James Grant; John Fiske (1888). Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography. New York City, NY: D. Appleton & Company. p. 612.
- Warner, Ezra J. (1964). Generals in Blue: The Lives of the Union Commanders. Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 0-8071-0822-7.