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Philip Kearny, American army officer. member of staff General Morris, French Army, 1859.


Kearny, Philip was born on June 1, 1814 in New York City. Son of Philip and Susan (Watts) Kearny.


Graduate Columbia, 1833.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 1st United States Dragoons, 1837. Sent to France to study tactics in cavalry school at Saumur, 1839. Served with Chausseure Afrique in Algiers, 1840.

Aide-de-camp to General Alexander Macomb (commander-in-chief United States Army), later General Winfield Scott, 1840-1846. Lead advance to City of Mexico in Mexican War, 1846. Resigned from United States Army, 1851.

Returned to France as member of staff General Morris, French Army, 1859. Command of cavalry of guard under Napoleon II in Italian Wars. Decorated cross Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur by French Emperor.

Commissioned brigadier general 1st New Jersey brigade United States Volunteers in General Franklin’s division Army of Potomac during Civil War. Promoted major general, 1862, in command of 1st division 3d Corps.


Member of staff General Morris, French Army, 1859.


Married Diana Bullett, June 24, 1841. Married second, Agnes Maxwell, 1858.

Philip Kearny

Susan (Watts) Kearny

Diana Bullett

Agnes Maxwell