Stevens, Alanson Joshua
Age: 28, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 2nd PA INF, INDP PA LARTY
Service: enl, 4/20/61, m/i Pvt, Co. A, 2nd PA INF, 4/20/61, m/o 7/26/61, Harrisburg, PA; comn 1LT, Btry B Independent PA LARTY, 9/61, pr CAPT, kia 9/20/63, Chickamauga, GA
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Birth: 03/07/1833, St. Johnsbury, VT
Burial: Chickamauga Battlefield, Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Findagrave Memorial #: 176551769
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary J., 12/6/1883, PA not approved
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: Son of Dr. Abner Morrill Stevens, nephew of U.S. Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.
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Alanson J. Stevens. Born in St. Johnsbury, and son of Dr. Morrill Stevens, and a younger, and the only brother of Thaddeus Stevens, Major of the 122d Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Alanson and his brother remained in St. Johnsbury several years after the decease of their father in the care of their uncle, Captain William C. Arnold. They then went to Pennsylvania to reside with their father's brother, Hon. Thaddeus Stevens. April 16, 1861 at the age of twenty-four years, Alanson J. enlisted as a private in Company A, 2d Pennsylvania Volunteers, and remained with the Regiment during its term of service, of three months. He was in the action at Falling Waters, under General Patterson. In September, 1861, he again entered the service as 1st Lieutenant of Company B, 1st Pennsylvania Artillery, and served in the Army of the Cumberland, under Generals Buel and Rosecrans. Was in the battles of Perryville, Harrison's Landing, Murfreesborough, and all the battles and skirmishes fought by the army under General Rosecrans, to that of Chickamauga, at which place he was killed, during the second day's encounter, September 18, 1863 (sic). He was promoted Captain immediately after the battle of Murfreesborough, at which time he was personally complimented, on the field, by General Rosecrans, for gallant conduct in the action. In the battle of Chickamauga the Union forces were driven from their advanced position, and at the time Captain Stevens fell he was endeavoring to save his guns from falling into the enemy's hands -- General Longstreet's division, by which the battery was finally taken. Captain Stevens called for volunteers to return and aid him in saving it. In the effort to rescue it he was struck by a musket ball. His body was left on the field, and has never been recovered.Albert G. Chadwick "Soldiers' Record of the Town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in The War Of The Rebellion, 1861-5," (C. M. Stone, St. Johnsbury, 1883), pp. 177-178.