Tucker, Stephen S.
Age: 0, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 1st AL ARTY BTLN
Service: MAJ, 1st AL ARTY Btln CSA, 3/12/61, comdg Ft. Morgan near Mobile; , shot 15 Nov 1861, received comn as M.G. the night of his death [College: NU 31, UVM]
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Birth: 10/16/1807, Randolph, VT
Burial: May be buried in ..., , AL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Died in Mobile, AL
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Stephen S. Tucker
Stephen S Tucker, son of Stephen and Ruth (Herrick) Tucker, was born Randolph, Vt., October 16, 1807, and died of wounds received in battle, November 15, 1861. He attended the schools of his town and the Orange County Grammar. He entered the University of Vermont in 1824 and remained about two years. He entered the "Academy" (Norwich) in 1829, and remained until 1831.
He then taught school in various places in the South. He served as an officer in the Army of the Republic of Texas, in the struggle with Mexico; was also an officer during the Seminole War. On the breaking out of the Mexican War, he offered his services to the State of Arkansas, and was commissioned captain of mounted riflemen, May 27, 1846; was brevetted major for "gallant and meritorious services" at the battle of Chapultepec, Mexico. He resigned from the service June 30 1851.
He took part in the occupation of Sonora, Mexico, under command of the famous Gen William Walker. He also served with General Walker in of the "Red Star Guard" with rank of major. General Walker in his War in Nicaragua pays glowing tribute to the ability of Major Tucker. He states: "He was an excellent officer, punctual in the discharge of his duties and rigid in exacting from others the performance of theirs. * * * Tucker was strict with his men and aspired to make them the best soldiers in the Rivas." Major Tucker was prominent in several battles. On the downfall of General Walker's government, Major Tucker was captured, as were also several other "N.U." men, notably, Thomas F. Wright, '49; Frederick T. Ward, '48. On May 1, 1857, Major Tucker was one of officers selected by General Walker to accompany him to Panama, under the protection of the United States government. Very few details have been preserved of the work of this old cadet from 1857 until 1861.
On the breaking out of the Civil War he offered his services to the Confederate Government, and was commissioned a colonel in April 1861. He was in command of Fort Morgan, near Mobile, where he was shot on November 15, 1861. On the night of his death he received his commission as major-general, C.S.A.
Source: Ellis, William Arba and Grenville Mellen Dodge. Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, her Roll of Honor.Montpelier, Vt.: The Capitol City Press, 1911, vol. 2, pp. 242-243.