Lewis Golding Arnold

Lewis Golding Arnold was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on January 15, 1817. At sixteen he was appointed to the Military Academy from that state and in 1837 was graduated tenth in a class of fifty. Arnold had a distinguished record in the army before the Civil War; he served in the Florida War during 1837-38; assisted in transferring the Cherokees to the West; was on the Canadian frontier a year later; and after several years of garrison duty won the brevets of captain and major for gallant and meritorious conduct in the Mexican War. He was commissioned captain in the Regular Army in 1847 and major at the outbreak of the Civil War. Arnold participated in the defense of Fort Pickens, Florida, in August, 1861, and was subsequently in command of the work until May 9, 1862. On January 24, 1862, he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and assigned for some months to command the Department of Florida. In the fall he was transferred to the command of New Orleans but, on November 10, while reviewing his troops, suffered a stroke from which he never recovered. On sick leave until 1864, he was retired on February 8 of that year when it became apparent that he was permanently paralyzed. (4) He died in South Boston, Massachusetts (now a part of Boston), on September 22, 1871, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.