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Gen James Henry Van Alen
Birth: Aug. 17, 1819
Columbia County
New York, USA
Death: 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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  Mary Young Steward Van Alen (1818 - 1852)*
  James John Van Alen (1846 - 1923)*
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Berkeley Memorial Cemetery *
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Plot: Cenotaph in Van Alen plot
*Cenotaph [?]
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Originally Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Mar 19, 2007
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Gen James Henry Van Alen
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Gen James Henry Van Alen
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Gen James Henry Van Alen
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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

- mel b
 Added: Dec. 16, 2012
I'm sorry you left us so tragically, James Henry. Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Feb. 29, 2012
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