Aug. 17, 1819 Kinderhook Columbia County New York, USA
Jul. 22, 1886, At Sea
Civil War Union Brigadier General. During the Civil War, he organized and equipped the 3rd New York Cavalry (also known as the Van Alen Cavalry) and received a commission as its Colonel on August 28, 1861. He received a commission as a Brigadier General on April 15, 1862. Due to illness he resigned from service on July 14, 1863. A man of wealth, he travelled extensively after his service. While sailing from Liverpool to New York aboard the Umbria, he fell overboard. His body was never recovered but a cenotaph was erected in his honor in the family plot of his son James J. Van Alen. (bio by: Jen Snoots)
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GOD Bless you and all which do and/or the ones which come here paying respect lay a prayer viewing this too!!!.............................."The true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equa...(Read more) -
Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian Added: Jan. 28, 2015
May GOD Bless you General Van Alen and your families as you so have blessed these UNITED STATES of North America ! Thank you for your being and your service! -
Jonathan Robert De Mallie Added: Apr. 24, 2013