The Union Army: Biographical - Published 1908
Chrysler, Morgan H., brigadier-general, was born in New York and entered the Union service from that state, becoming captain in the 3oth N. Y. infantry, June 1, 1861. He served with distinction throughout the war, winning frequent promotions for meritorious services, and on March 13, 1865, was awarded the brevet rank of major-general of volunteers. He was promoted to major, March 11, 1862; lieutenant-colonel, Aug. 3o, 1862, and was then, June 18, 1863, honorably mustered out. Returning to New York, he became lieutenant-colonel of the 2nd N. Y. veteran cavalry, Sept. 8, 1863; was promoted colonel, Dec. 13 of that year, and on Nov. 11, 1865, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He was mustered out of the service, Jan. 15, 1866, and died Aug. 24, 1890.
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A history of old Kinderhook from aboriginal days to the present time ... By Edward Augustus Collier
BREVET MAJOR-GENERAL MORGAN H. CHRYSLER, U. S. VOLUNTEERS. 1822-1890
Although not a native of Kinderhook, General Chrysler is well remembered as spending the latter years of his life here, and should surely be noted as one of our distinguished residents. From an obituary notice in our village paper we cull much of our narrative.
He was born in Ghent, September 30, 1822; lived for a time in Hudson; while there married Miss Amelia Groat, of Ghent; removed to New Haven; later, returned to Hudson and finally went to live on the Groat farm. A few years subsequently he removed to South Corinth, Saratoga County. On the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted as a private, April 7, 1861. His military record was exceptionally brilliant; only three others who enlisted as privates having attained the rank of Major-General. That record is as follows:
By a vote of the men he was elected Captain of Company G., 3Oth N. Y. Regiment, and was commissioned as such by Governor Morgan, July 4, 1861. March 24, 1862, he was made Major. On the 2Oth of September following, he was commissioned as Lieutenant-Colonel. He remained with this regiment until it was mustered out, and then re-enlisted in the 2d N. Y. Veteran Cavalry. He was commissioned as its Lieutenant-Colonel by Governor Seymour, December 14, 1863, and on the same day was made Colonel. March 22, 1865, President Lincoln brevetted him Brigadier-General with rank from January 23d. On the 11th of November, President Johnson commissioned him as Brigadier-General, and on the 25th of May made him Brevet Major-General. All these promotions were for meritorious service on the field of battle. He was in several of the great battles of the war and was wounded seven times. At the end of the war he was made military Governor and Commander of the Department of Northern Alabama. He held that position until November 8, 1865, and on the I5th of January, 1866, was mustered out of service. Returning to Saratoga County, he remained there about four months and then came to Kinderhook and bought a place belonging to the late Thomas Beekman, and now owned by Mr. Wm. B. Van Alstyne. We remember well his small but beautiful trout pond, and what a commotion there was in the water when he came striking the well-filled pan he carried to call the eager trout to supper. Well do we remember also the courtly mulatto, Alonzo, freed from slavery and brought North as the General's valet. In politeness, fidelity, and all-round serviceableness, as well as goodness of heart, he seemed to be a model.
In 1876 General Chrysler sold this old Colonial homestead to George Canaday and bought the Van Alen place, as it was then called, on Broad street. There, August 24, 1890, he died, leaving his widow and his son, Captain Gifford W. Chrysler, who also rendered notable service in the Civil War, to mourn his departure. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Valatie. It may be added that after his retirement from the army he was for a time in the New York Custom House; and that during President Hayes's Administration he was a special examiner in the Pension Department, and held that position until his death.
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