Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert

Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert (HMPUY)

Location: Milford, DE 19963 Sussex County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.711', W 75° 25.698'

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Torbert Memorial Statue

This memorial statue was commissioned by the Milford Museum to honor and commemorate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert, born July 1, 1833.

General Torbert, a West Point graduate, class of 1855, served with distinction during the American Civil War as commander, 1st New Jersey Brigade and Chief of Cavalry, Army of the Potomac. He was proud to call Milford and Sussex County his home. His life provided an inspiration and example to all citizens, especially young people, of the highest achievement possible through dedication and perseverance in spite of his humble roots and background.

In 1866, upon returning from the Civil War, he married Mary E. Currey and they lived on North Walnut Street in Milford, Delaware. In 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant Appointed Torbert Minister to El Salvador; in 1871 he became Consul General to Havana, Cuba; and in 1873, he was assigned Consul General to Paris, France, the highest post in the diplomatic service. He returned to Milford in 1878.

Enroute to Mexico in August 1880 aboard the steamer Vera Cruz, he perished in a shipwreck during a violent storm off the coast of Florida. His funeral on September 30, 1889 will be remembered as the largest in Delaware history commencing in New York City with final ceremony and burial in Milford. Attended by many dignitaries from within and outside of Delaware.

General Torbert's honor and deeds deserve a permanent place on Milford's public plaza.
Marvin P. Schelhouse
Chairman, General Torbert Statue Committee
David W. Kenton, Chairman
Milford Landmarks and MuseumMilford Landmarks and Museum

Year Placed2008
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 4:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 462866 N 4307081
Decimal Degrees38.91185000, -75.42830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.711', W 75° 25.698'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 42.66" N, 75° 25' 41.88" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-17 S Walnut St, Milford DE 19963, US
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