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Amos Beebe EATON

American Amos Beebe EATON

Career officer in the United States Army, serving as a general for the Union during the American Civil War

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Born: on May 12, 1806 in Catskill, New York, United States
Died: on February 21, 1877 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States


Amos B. Eaton was born in Catskill, New York. He graduated from West Point in 1826; he was an infantry lieutenant until the Florida campaigns of the late 1830s. After that, his only fighting experiences took place in the Mexican–American War, for which service he was appointed a brevet major. Eaton served for 12 years as a field officer in the U.S. Army, then joined the commissary department for 23 years.

Appointed a lieutenant colonel and assistant commissary general in 1861, Eaton was given the task of creating an effective supply system for the fledgling Union army. The large number of troops entering the Army at the beginning of the war was overloading the existing system.

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