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About Brevet Brig. General Alvred B. Nettleton (USA)
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Born in Berlin, Illinois, at the start of the Civil War, he was a successful publisher-editor of the Daily Register, Chicago Advance, plus managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and founder of the Minneapolis Tribune.
Answering the Union's call to arms, he enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Recognized for his leadership abilities, he rose through the ranks to Colonel in command of the 2nd Ohio Cavalry and lead his corps in 72 battles. For his service to the Union, he was brevetted Brigadier General of US Volunteers.
After the war, he returned to his journalist interests and served as a manager for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury (1890-93) and was Acting Secretary of the Treasury after the death of Secretary Windom. Nettleton died at age 73 in Chicago, Illinois. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
Alvred Bayard Nettleton (1838-1911) was a student at Oberlin College when the Civil War broke out. Like many of his fellow male students, he decided to enlist in the Union army. Along with eight others from the College, he enrolled in the 2nd Ohio Cavalry as a private in Company H in the fall of 1861. Nettleton rose in rank throughout the war; by the end of the war he was Colonel of the 2nd Ohio. With the 2nd, he traveled over 22,000 miles and fought in 72 skirmishes and battles, and led them in one of the final battles of the war, Five Forks. In 1865, he was brevetted a brigadier general for his meritorious service. After the war, he received his A.B. and then his A.M. from the College and went on to serve in the US Treasury as Acting Secretary and then as Director of US Immigration Services.