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Albert Avery

Male - 1864  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Albert Avery 
    Gender Male 
    Library book: The Groton Avery Clan 02608 
    Military Service Civil War, Union Army Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Killed at the Battle of Cedar Creek. 
    Battle of Cedar Creek.
    Battle of Cedar Creek.
    This print by Kurz & Allison depicts the Battle of Cedar Creek.

    On October 19, 1864, Confederate forces launched a surprise attack against the encampment of Union Army Major General Philip Sheridan. Hundreds were killed. Many more were wounded or taken prisoner. Many pieces of Union Artillery were captured.
    Sheridans Ride.
    Sheridans Ride.
    This drawing by Alfred R, Waud depicts "Sheridan's Ride".

    At the time of the attack in his encampment General Sheridan was about 20 miles away at Winchester VA. At first reports of artillery fire were dismissed as there was no military action expected that day. When the sounds began to increase in volume Sheridan realized his army had to be retreating.

    Accompanied by several staff officers and a cavalry escort he rode hard to intercept the retreating army. he rallied the troops exclaiming; "Come on back, boys! Give 'em hell, God damn 'em! We'll make coffee out of Cedar Creek tonight!"

    The Confederate forces failed to notice Sheridan's return and broke off the attack. When Sheridan and his men hit back the Confederates were overwhelmed. They suffered losses far greater than what they had inflicted on the Union encampment.

    The loss was a huge one as the Confederate Army was now cut off from using Shenandoah Valley to attack the North states and in particular Washington D.C.
    Sheridans Ride.
    Sheridans Ride.
    A drawing that depicts General Sheridan and his horse by Alfred R. Waud.

    General Sheridan's horse was named Rienzi. As a farrier it's undoubtedly true that Henry would have been responsible for helping to care for the horse.

    As the public took notice of "Sheridan's Ride" The general renamed his horse Winchester. In 1878 when the horse died he was preserved by taxidermists and he has since been on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
    Died 19 Oct 1864 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
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    Person ID I41314  Nagel
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father Leonard Avery,   b. 11 Dec 1803 
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    Mother Julia C Bill,   b. 20 Aug 1806 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F12673  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart