Morgan Henry Chrysler

Find-a-grave (Thomas J. Fraser)

Morgan Henry Chrysler was born in Ghent, Columbia County, New York, September 30, 1822. After a common school education, he was a farmer for most of his life, residing at various points in Columbia and Saratoga counties and at New Haven, Connecticut. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Chrysler enlisted as a private in a company which became a part of the 30th New York Infantry. According to Edward M. Collier's A History of Old Kinderhook, Chrysler was one of only four men in Federal service during the war who rose from private to major general, a rank to which he was promoted by brevet on March 13, 1865. Meantime, he became captain of the 30th New York on June 1, 1861, major in March, 1862, lieutenant colonel in August, 1863, and colonel of a regiment of cavalry in December, 1863. On November 11, 1865, he was appointed a full brigadier general of volunteers—next to the last such appointment made for wartime service. Chrysler served with the 30th New York in winter quarters near Washington until the spring of 1862; on the line of the Rappahannock during the Peninsular campaign; in Irvin McDowell's III Corps in the campaign of Second Manassas; and in the subsequent Maryland campaign and the battle of Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville the regiment and Chrysler were honorably mustered out due to expiration of term of service. Chrysler was immediately authorized to reorganize the discharged men into a cavalry regiment, which was duly mustered in as the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry. After being stationed at Washington during the winter of 1863-64, Chrysler and his regiment were sent to New Orleans and there joined the Department of the Gulf. Taking part in N. P. Banks's Red River expedition in Gooding's 5th Brigade of A. L. Lee's cavalry division, Chrysler's veterans performed their remaining duty in the lower South, taking part in the final campaign against Mobile with Chrysler in command of a brigade in the division of T. J. Lucas. Mustered out in 1866 after being briefly employed as military governor of the District of Northern Alabama, General Chrysler retired to private life. He died in Kinderhook, New York, August 24, 1890, and was buried in the nearby village of Valatie.

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