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Robert O. Tyler

Date of Birth:      December 22, 1831
Hometown:         Hunter, NY
Education:           West Point, 1853
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Lieutenant Colonel

Date of Death:     December 1, 1874
Place of Death:    Boston, MA
Buried At:           Hartford, CT

Major Battles:        Fort Sumter, Peninsula Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Tyler, after graduating from West Point, would see action in Florida, Minnesota and Arizona, leading artillery.  Tyler had been sent, in 1861, to the relief of Fort Sumter, but would only be a spectator.  He would later take over, a badly demoralized, regiment, the 4th Connecticut, and would bring it back to order, at which point it was converted to the 1st CT Heavy Artillery.  After being promoted to brigadier general, he would command Joseph Hooker's artillery, at Fredericksburg.  He would command 130 guns, along Cemetery Ridge, during Pickett's Charge, at Gettysburg.  During the spring, of 1864, U.S. Grant, in need of fresh troops, for his Overland Campaign, would convert heavy artillery troops, from the Washington defenses, into infantry.  Tyler would successfully command a brigade, of these troops, at Spotsylvania Court House, allowing Grant to disengage, and move around R.E. Lee's right flank, pushing further south, towards Richmond.  At Cold Harbor, he would receive a debilitating wound to his ankle, that would cause him problems for the remainder of his life.  After the war, he would become deputy quartermaster, with a permanent regular rank of lieutenant colonel.

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