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Alexander Shaler, American soldier. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, November 25, 1893, “for distinguished gallantry at battle of Marye’s Heights”; was 3 months in Confed. prison, 1864. Founder and proprietor Hudson Heights, New Jersey, and of other properties at Ridgefield, New Jersey. Member New York board supervisors, 1866.


Shaler, Alexander was born on March 19, 1827 in Haddam, Connecticut, United States. Son of Ira and Jerusha (Arnold) Shaler.


Graduate Brainerd Academy, Haddam, Connecticut, 1844.


At 17 employed by his father, and 3 years later became proprietor of a stone business, continuing until 1861. Joined Washington Grays (later 8th Regiment, New York State Militia), 1845. Transferred to 7th Regiment, 1848.

Promoted sergeant, and First lieutenant, and took part in suppressing Astor Place riots, 1849. Captain, 1850-1860; major 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y., 1860-1861. Commissioned of President lieutenant colonel 1st United States Chasseurs, afterward 65th New York Vols., June 1, 1861.

Colonel, July 17, 1862. Brigadier general, May 26, 1863. Major general United States.V., July 27, 1865, “for meritorious services during war.” Major general 1st Division N.G.S.N.Y. and member board to provide armories for city troops.

Honorary discharge, May 21, 1886.


Member New York board supervisors, 1866.


Married Mary McMurray, March 31, 1847.

Ira Shaler

Jerusha (Arnold) Shaler

Mary McMurray