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Amiel Weeks Whipple, Major General

Amiel Weeks Whipple, Major General

Male 1817 - 1863  (45 years)

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  • Name Amiel Weeks Whipple 
    Suffix Major General 
    Born 21 Oct 1817  Greenwich, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 May 1863  Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Proprietors' Burying Ground, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14649  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father David Whipple,   b. 8 Jun 1783, Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1850, poss, Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Abigail Brown Pepper,   b. 16 Jan 1787, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1823  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1806  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Mary Sherburne,   b. 31 Jan 1824, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1874, Ft. Monroe, Hampton, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1843  Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Sherburne Whipple,   b. 15 Aug 1845, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1922, Charlottesville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Charles Sherburne Whipple,   b. 28 Sep 1846, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1848  (Age 1 years)
    +3. Charles William Whipple, Lieutenant Colonel,   b. 28 Sep 1846, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1916, Summit, Union, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     4. David Whipple,   b. 26 May 1849,   d. 1 Mar 1884, Norfolk, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F7970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Oct 1817 - Greenwich, Hampshire, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Sep 1843 - Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 May 1863 - Washington, D.C. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Proprietors' Burying Ground, Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple (1817-1863)
    Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple (1817-1863)

    Headstones
    Gravestones of Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple and His Wife Eleanor Mary (Sherburne) Whipple
    Gravestones of Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple and His Wife Eleanor Mary (Sherburne) Whipple
    The Union General Amiel Weeks Whipple died while defending Washington, D.C., at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War. Eleanor's gravestone appears to the left of her husband's.

  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Letter from Joanne Lahr-Kreischer to Weldon Whipple, 13 Dec 1997.

      !DEATH: Fatally wounded at Chancellorsville [Virginia]. --J. Lahr-Kreischer.

      !SOURCE: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, vol. 10 (New York: James T. White, 1900), p. 145-146.

      !SOURCE: Email from Charles Tyrrel Whipple (undisclosed at example dot net) to Weldon Whipple on 14 Nov 1997, citing: 1) LAMB, Encyclopedia of American Biography; 2) CULLUM, Biographical Register of U.S.A. Military Academy (Boston, 1891); Catholic Encyclopedia, copyright by the Encyclopedia Press, Inc. Electronic version copyright - 1997 by New Advent, Inc.

      !SOURCE: Email from Gail Lang (undisclosed at example dot net) to Weldon Whipple, 12 Nov 2001.

      !BIOGRAPHY: Military engineer and soldier. After studying at Amherst College, he made the course at West Point, graduating 1 July, 1841. His early years of service were spent in surveying the Patapsco River, sounding and mapping the approaches of New Orleans, and in surveying Portsmouth Harbour. Later he helped to determine portions of the Canadian and the Mexican boundaries of the United States. In 1853 he had charge of the explorations for a railroad route near the 35th parallel of latitude to the Pacific Ocean. He became a Catholic around 1857, when he was in Detroit in charge of the lighthouse districts from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence. In the war, after engineering under Gen. McDowell, he became chief topographical engineer under McClellan. His maps were used on many Virginian battlefields. In 1862, as brigadier-general of volunteers, he had charge of the defense of Washington on the Virginia side. After great gallantry at Antietam and Fredericksburg, with his division in General Sickles's corps, he was much exposed at Chancellorsville. In a skirmish at the close of the battle he was severely wounded in the neck [stomach, according to G. Lang] by a sharpshooter, and received the last rites of the Church on the battlefield. Taken to Washington he was breveted brigadier-general on 4 May, major general of volunteers on 6 May, and major-general by brevet on 7 May, only a few hours before his death. --C.T. Whipple

      !SOURCE: Email from Tom McDonald (undisclosed at example dot net) to the Whipple Website, 30 Apr 2006. Tom writes: "Eleanor Mary Whipple, wife of MajGen Amiel Weeks Whipple is buried beside her husband at Proprietors Burying Ground, Portsmouth, NH." In a second note written the same day, Tom adds: "I visit the gravesite a couple of times a year. Both graves have suffered from acid rain and Amiel's from vandalism & could use a bit of restoration."

      !SOURCE: Blaine Whipple, 15 Generations of Whipples: Descendants of Matthew Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Abt 1590-1647: An American Story (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2007), 2:G447, 2:G631-G638. Gives birth 21 Oct 1817. (Previously entered as 1818 [year only].)


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