Richard Sherwood Satterlee

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Richard Sherwood Satterlee
Birth name Richard Sherwood Satterlee
Born (1798-12-06)December 6, 1798
Fairfield, New York, United States
Died November 10, 1880(1880-11-10) (aged 83)
New York City, United States
Allegiance  US
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1822 - 1869
Rank Brigadier General

Black Hawk War
Mexican-American War
Battle of Molino del Rey
Battle of Chapultepec

American Civil War
Relations William Satterlee

Richard Sherwood Satterlee was a brigadier general in the Union Army.


Satterlee was born on December 6, 1798, in Fairfield, New York. His father, William, had served in the American Revolutionary War.[1] Sattlerlee obtained his medical license in 1818 and began practicing in rural Seneca County, New York. He married Mary S. Hunt, sister of a Michigan Supreme Court Justice. Satterlee died on November 10, 1880, in New York City.


Satterlee joined the Army in 1822. He was stationed at Fort Niagara in Porter, New York, Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Fort Mackinac in Mackinac Island, Michigan. In 1831 he transferred to Fort Winnebago in Portage, Wisconsin. While there he would take part in the Black Hawk War.

Following a second tour of duty at Fort Howard, Satterlee was sent to Florida to assist in a campaign against the Seminole. During his time there, he was given an official commendation by his commanding officer, future U.S. President Zachary Taylor.

After a tour of duty at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island, Satterlee was sent to serve in the Mexican-American War. Serving under Winfield Scott, Satterlee took part in the Battle of Molino del Rey and the Battle of Chapultepec. Following his service in the war, he returned to Fort Adams in 1848. In 1853 he survived the sinking of a steamboat he was on board that was carrying an artillery regiment.

He served throughout the American Civil War, during which time he was brevetted a Brigadier General and was a candidate for the command of the Medical Corps following the dismissal of Clement Finley. The command eventually went to William Alexander Hammond. Satterlee retired in 1869.


  1. ^ "Brigadier General Richard Sherwood Satterle". U.S. Army Medical Department. Retrieved 2011-02-20.