Arthur Forrester Devereux


Plaque dedicated to memory of Col. Arthur F. Devereux by veterans of the 11th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry located in Broad Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts, frequently mistaken to be his burial place. Plaque reads:
ARTHUR FORRESTER DEVEREUX
Born in Salem, Mass., March 1936 Died February 18th 1906.
Captain Salem Light Infantry 1859
Entered the service of the United States as its captain, the company being known as the "Salem Zouaves" April 18th 1861
3rd Brig, 2nd Div Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
Battles of the Penninsula and Maryland Campaigns, 1862
Wounded at Antietam, September 17, 1862
Led his regiment against "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg capturing four Confederate standards at the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion" July 3rd 1863.
Discharged March 4th, 1864
Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Vols March 13th, 1865
Erected by his comrades in arms April 18th 1911

Taken in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Cininnati, Ohio, Hamilton County.

ARTHUR FORRESTER DEVEREUX was born in 1838 in Salem, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned captain of the 8th Massachusetts Volunteers and soon became colonel of the 19th Massachusetts Volunteers. He commanded a brigade, with distinction, at the Battle of Gettysburg (June - July, 1863), and was named a brevet brigadier general for meritorious service. General Devereux's portrait is hung in the state house at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in recognition of his heroism at Gettysburg.

General Devereux resigned from the army on February 27,1864, and served for a time as a government engineer before moving to Cincinnati in 1878. He lived out his life in Cincinnati where he died February 13, 1906, at age sixty-eight His wife, Clara Anna Rich Devereux, was the originator of Cincinnati's "Blue Book" and was society editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer for a number of years until her death in 1910. Their daughter, Miss Marion Devereux, then assumed her mother's position as society editor and became the undisputed "tsarina" of Cincinnati society for thirty years.

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