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20021 KIA Brigadier General Thomas G. Stevenson
On December 3, 1861 Stevenson was appointed colonel of the 24th
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He led his regiment in the battles of
Roanoke Island and New Bern. Following the capture of New Bern
significant Union reinforcements arrived in North Carolina
and Stevenson assumed command of a brigade under John G. Foster.
When much of the Union forces in North Carolina were recalled to
Virginia, Foster's command, including Stevenson's brigade, were left
behind. He participated in Foster's Goldsborough Expedition and
afterward was promoted to brigadier general on December 24, 1862. He
then held a series of quiet commands along the Atlantic coast in North
and South Carolina. During the siege of Charleston Harbor Stevenson
commanded the 3rd Brigade in Alfred H. Terry's division. He remained
in brigade command around Charleston until January 1864. On April
19, 1864 he was placed in command of the 1st Division, IX Corps.
Stevenson had previously fought alongside many of the men from IX
Corps in North Carolina. Now, he was one of Burnside's ablest division
commanders. He led his new division into action at the battles of the
Wilderness and Spotsylvania. On May 10, 1864 while resting beneath a
tree, Stevenson was shot through the head by a sniper's bullet. CDV with
a Boston, J.W. Black photographer backmark. $150