Brigadier General Francis Engle Patterson's Sword & Shoulder Boards



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Brigadier General Francis Engle Patterson's Sword & Shoulder Boards


Brigadier General Francis Engle Patterson The son of Major General Robert Patterson.
He fought as an Artillery Lieutenant in the regular Army with his father in the Mexican War.  He resigned from the Army in 1857,
only to return in April of 1861 as Colonel of the 17th Pennsylvania.  In April of 1862, he became Brigadier General U.S.V. and commanded
the 3rd Brigade of the Army of the Potomac.  He fought at Williamsburg and Seven Pines.
While defending Washington, he was falsely informed that the enemy was at Warrenton junction.
Acting on this information, he withdrew his troops and as a result was relieved of his command by General Daniel E. Sickles.
With this incident still being contested, he retired to his tent where he was found dead shortly thereafter.
By appearances, it was an accidental discharge from his own revolver. 


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