Alford, Albert Gallatin
Age: 17, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): US ENGRS
Service: Enlisted in the US ENGRS Battalion, New Haven, Conn., 2/21/65, at the age of 17; disch 2/21/68, participated in the last campaign of the war with the Army of the Potomac, up to Lee's surrender and the end of the war
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Birth: 10/14/1847, St. Albans, VT
Burial: Lorraine Cemetery, Woodlawn, MD
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 163748596
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Alford, Albert Gallatin, of Baltimore, Md., son of Ammi and Clarissa G. (White) Alford, was born at St. Albans, Oct. 14, 1847, and afterwards removed to Waterville.
Death breaking up his parents' home while he was yet a boy, Mr. Alford was thrown upon his own resources, having had only the advantages of the village schools. After a short time spent in the American Hotel at Burlington he went to New Haven, Conn., to learn a trade. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the U. S. Engineer Corps at New Haven, Feb. 21, 1865, and served three years, having been promoted an artificer. A taste for military life has always been fostered; and while living in Chicago in 1874, he enlisted in 1st Regt. Ill. N. G., and was rapidly promoted, holding a lieutenant's commission at the time of his resignation when he moved to Baltimore; and from 1886 to 1893 held the office of captain, ordnance officer and inspector of rifle practice in 1st Regt., Md. N. G.
In business life he early became connected with the great firm of gun manufacturers, E. Remington & Sons, and from 1874 to 1883 was their manager of the arms department in Chicago and later general manager of their entire business in Baltimore, when in 1883 he established the great sporting goods house now known as the A. G. Alford Sporting Goods Co.
Mr. Alford has occupied a leading part in social organizations and societies. From the George H. Thomas Post, GAR, of Chicago, he was transferred to Custer Post, No. 6, of Maryland, in 1879, in which post he served as commander; also as assistant inspector general; two terms on commander-in-chief's staff; junior vice-department commander of Maryland in 1882; and has served continuously as department and national officer from 1880 to 1891 in positions mentioned, and also as chief mustering officer and A. D. C. He is also a member of the A. O. U. W. and U. S. Benevolent Fraternity; of the latter he is one of the supreme officers.
Mr. Alford has never sought political preferment, but has always been a Republican, and in 1893 was the unanimous choice of the Republicans of his ward for first branch city council, and although this ward was over five hundred Democratic the year previous, was defeated by only thirty-three votes.
In 1886 he married Clara Augusta, daughter of William T. and Margaret Robinson, of Baltimore, and has two daughters: Delia R. and Bessie P. Mrs. Alford is the department treasurer of the Woman's Relief Corps, and one of the organizers of the department.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, p. 4.