Upton, Emory

Emory Upton frequently has been called “The Army’s Alfred Thayer Mahan.” Upton is known for his efforts to document U.S. military history and reform army practices. Born in Batavia, New York, in 1839, Upton attended Oberlin College and the United States Military Academy, graduating from the latter in 1861. He was present at the Civil War’s First Battle of Bull Run, where he served as an aide-de-camp, then later commanded an artillery battery during the Peninsular Campaign and served as the chief of artillery in Major General Henry Warner Slocum’s division during the Antietam Campaign. Shortly after Antietam, the governor of New York appointed Upton to command the 121st New York Volunteers. Under his leadership, the 121st became known as “Upton’s Regulars” and fought with ...

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