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Thomas Gamble Pitcher

Born: Oct 23, 1824

Death: Oct 21, 1895

Birthplace: Rockport

Nationality: United States

Thomas Gamble Pitcher

Date of Birth : Oct 23, 1824
Date of Death : Oct 21, 1895
Birth Place : Rockport

Thomas Gamble Pitcher was a career American soldier who served as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1866 until 1870. Pitcher was born at Rockport, Indiana, a son of Judge John Pitcher, who loaned his law books to young Abraham Lincoln. He graduated from West Point in 1845. During the Mexican War, he won the brevet rank of first lieutenant. He was promoted to captain in 1858. During the Civil War, Pitcher participated in the defense of Harpers Ferry in June 1862, where he and his men were among the thousands of Union soldiers who surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. After being released and exchanged, he served in the Virginia campaign until the battle of Cedar Mountain, where he was severely wounded. He was then brevetted major in the regular army, and three months later was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers, but saw no further active service. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted lieutenant colonel, colonel, and brigadier general in the regular army. On July 28, 1866, Pitcher was commissioned as the colonel of the 44th U.S. Infantry.

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