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Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert

army officer , diplomat

Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, American army officer, diplomat.


Torbert, Alfred Thomas Archimedes was born on July 1, 1833 in Georgetown, Delaware, United States. Son of Jonathan R. and Catherine (Milby) Torbert.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1855.


Appointed brevet Second lieutenant infantry United States Army, 1855. Served on frontier, 1856-1861. Promoted Second lieutenant, 1856, First lieutenant, 1861.

Commissioned colonel 1st New Jersey Volunteers, 1861. Commissioned captain United States Army, 1861. Participated in siege of Yorktown, battles of West Point, Gaine’s Mills.

Commanded a brigade of VI Corps. Brevetted brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1862. Assigned command 1st Cavalry div.

Army of Potomac, 1864. Defeated Confederate Army at battles of Hanovertown, Matadequin Creek, Cold Harbor. Appointed chief of cavalry of middle military div.

Army of Shenandoah, 1864. Brevetted major general United States Army, 1865. United States minister to Salvador, 1869-1871.

Consul general Havana, Cuba, 1871-1873, Paris, France, 1873-1878. Resigned to enter business enterprise in Mexico, 1878.


Married Mary E. Curry, January 17, 1866.

Jonathan R. Torbert

Catherine (Milby) Torbert

Mary E. Curry