Jan. 8, 1828 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Aug. 25, 1886 Elmira Chemung County New York, USA
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. The son of 19th Century religious leader Lyman Beecher, brother of famed abolitionist minister Henry Ward Beecher and abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, he was a Congregationalist minister himself, graduating from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1848. When the Civil War began he offered his services to the Union, and was commissioned as Chaplain of the 67th New York Volunteer Infantry. He would then move from the military pulpit to active combat command, being commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the 141st New York Volunteer Infantry. Later, he transferred to the 35th United States Colored Infantry, becoming its Colonel and commander. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "faithful and meritorious services".