Brigadier General Alfred Washington Ellet (USA)

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Alfred Washington Ellet

Birthdate:
Birthplace: William Penn's Manor, Bucks, PA, USA
Death: Died in El Dorado, Bucks, KS, USA
Place of Burial: Belle Vista Cemetery, El Dorado, Butler, KS, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Ellet, Sr and Mary Virginia Ellet
Husband of Sarah Jane Ellet and Abigail Ellet
Father of Lieutenant Edward Carpenter Ellet (USA); William Henry Ellet and Elvira Augusta Kendall
Brother of Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr. (USA); John Israel Ellet; Hannah Hale; Adaline Ellet; Martha Ellet and 6 others

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About Alfred Washington Ellet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_W._Ellet

Alfred Washington Ellet (October 11, 1820 – January 9, 1895) was a civil engineer and a brigadier general in the Union Army who commanded the United States Ram Fleet during the American Civil War.

Biography

Alfred Ellet was born at Penn's Manor Bucks County, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Delaware river and was the youngest of six sons and the second youngest of fourteen children. In 1824, his family moved to Philadelphia where he attended the public schools. At age 16, he went to Bunker Hill, Illinois to take up farming.

A farmer and dry goods store owner, he was a resident of Illinois when the Civil War broke out. In August 1861, Ellet was commissioned a captain in the 9th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which later became the 59th Illinois Infantry. In March 1862, he fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge. When his elder brother, Col. Charles Ellet, Jr., undertook the conversion of several river steamers to rams in the spring of 1862, Alfred Ellet became lieutenant colonel of Charles Ellet's U.S. Ram Fleet.

Following Charles Ellet's death in June 1862, Alfred took over the unit and was appointed brigadier general of the newly formed Mississippi Marine Brigade the following November. He commanded the Mississippi Marine Brigade during operations on the Western Rivers until 1864, when the unit was disestablished. He resigned his commission late in that year to return to civilian life.

Following the Civil War, Ellet was a businessman and civic leader in El Dorado, Kansas, where he died. He is buried there in Belle Vista Cemetery.

Namesake

USS Ellet (DD-398), which was in service in 1939-46, was named in honor of Alfred W. Ellet and other members of his family.

-------------------- Alfred W. Ellet (1820-1895) --

Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers

Alfred Washington Ellet was born at Penn's Manor, Pennsylvania, on 11 October 1820. A civil engineer by profession, he was a resident of Illinois when the Civil War broke out. In August 1861, Alfred Ellet was commissioned a Captain of the 50th Illinois Infantry. When his elder brother, Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr., undertook the conversion of several river steamers to rams in the spring of 1862, Alfred Ellet became Lieutenant Colonel of Charles Ellet's U.S. Ram Fleet.

Following Charles Ellet's death in June 1862, Alfred took over the unit and was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers the following November. He commanded the Ram Fleet and its successor organization, the Mississippi Marine Brigade, during operations on the Western Rivers until 1864, when the unit was disestablished. He resigned his commission late in that year to return to civil life. Following the Civil War, Alfred Ellet was a businessman and civic leader in El Dorado, Kansas, where he died on 9 January 1895. He is buried there in Belle Vista Cemetery.

USS Ellet (DD-398), which was in service in 1939-46, was named in honor of Alfred W. Ellet and other members of his family.

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-e/a-ellet.htm

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Brigadier General Alfred Washington Ellet (USA)'s Timeline

1820
October 11, 1820
Bucks, PA, USA
1843
1843
Age 22
1845
September 17, 1845
Age 24
Bunker Hill, Macoupin, Illinois, United States
1848
October 11, 1848
Age 28
1862
July 3, 1862
Age 41
Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, United States
November 5, 1862
Age 42
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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1878
1878
Age 57
1895
January 9, 1895
Age 74
El Dorado, Bucks, KS, USA
1895
Age 74
El Dorado, Butler, KS, USA
1963
February 10, 1963
Age 74
St. Louis, Missouri, United States