Alexander Sandor Asboth
Major General, United States Army
in Kezthely in the county of Zala, Hungary, December 18, 1811. He graduated
from the academy at Selmecbanya and, after receiving government appointment
as an engineer, worked in various parts of Hungary. During the Hungarian
Revolt of 1848 against temporal power of Austria, he associated himself
with Lajos Kossuth and followed him into exile in the United States in
By 1861 he had become a citizen and offered his services to the Union when the Civil War broke out. John C. Fremont, who had known him in New York, applied for his services, appointed him a Brigadier General of Volunteers and his chief-of-staff. However, the appointment was not recognized in Washington, and lapsed until he was duly appointed on March 21, 1862. During the same month he was wounded while in command of a Division at Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern).
The following year he was in command at Columbus, Kentucky, and later the District of West Florida. In 1864, at the Battle of Marianna, he was badly wounded in the left cheek bone and left arm.
In 1866, he was appointed U.S. Minister to Argentina and Uruguay. By this time he had been accorded the brevet rank of Major General of Volunteers for his gallant and faithful service during the Civil War. The wound in his cheek failed to heal, and on January 21, 1868, he died at Buenos Aires, Argentina, probably of malignancy. He was first buried in the British Cemetery in Victoria Park. In 1923, Victoria District became a park and the cemetery was moved to the Chacarita District.
He came home on October 23, 1990 to full military
honors. His remains had recently been exhumed in Argentina after a campaign
by Hungarian Americans, who regard him as a hero, and who wished to honor
his last request to be buried in Arlington. His great-great-grandnephew,
Sandor Asboth, a 22-year-old member of the Virginia National Guard, attended
the funeral services and received the folded U.S. flag that had draped
the coffin. General Asboth was accorded a caisson drawn by horses, the
playing of Taps and a riderless horse, the symbol of a fallen military
leader. The date of the burial coincided with the Hungarian uprising of
october 23, 1956, which was crushed by Rusian Troops. He lies today in
Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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