Alfred Cumming

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Alfred Cumming was born at Augusta, Georgia, January 30, 1829, and was graduated from West Point in 1849. His old army service was principally in the West, where he was for two years aide-de-camp to General David E. Twiggs, and later accompanied the Mormon expedition of 1857-60 under General Albert Sidney Johnston. Cumming's uncle (of the same name) had been appointed governor of Utah to succeed Brigham Young. Resigning in January 1861, Cumming was first engaged in drilling Georgia volunteers, and was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 10th Georgia Infantry in June of that year, and colonel in October. He was wounded at Malvern Hill and again at Sharpsburg, and promoted brigadier general, October 29, 1862. Transferred to General Pemberton's army, he fought throughout the Vicksburg campaign, and was captured upon the capitulation of the city in July 1863. After his exchange General Cumming was assigned a brigade in General Carter L. Stevenson's division of the Army of Tennessee, which he led until he was disabled by wounds at the battle of Jonesboro on August 31, 1864. After the war he farmed near Rome, Georgia, and was a member of the American Military Commission to Korea in 1888. He died at Rome, December 5, 1910, in his eighty-second year, and is buried in Augusta.
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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.