Friday, May 07, 2010

Alexander Williams Biddle.

Alexander Williams Biddle.

Birth: Apr. 29, 1819.
Death: May 2, 1899.

Photo provided by Gregory Speciale.

Civil War Union Army Officer. Served as Major, then Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with whom he fought at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Bristoe Station. He commanded his unit at the Battle of Gettysburg, where it was one of the first Union Infantry units to deployed on the field on the first day of the fight. Major Biddle's regiment initially were successful in repulsing attacks from Confederate forces, but collapsed under the growing pressure from superior numbers the Confederates were able to bring to bear around the McPherson House. Today, his name is inscribed on the 121st Pennsylvania's monument along South Reynolds Avenue in the Gettysburg National Military Park.

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