Milford in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert
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
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 Museum
Commissioners and Committee Members
Milford Landmarks and Museum
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1787.
Location. 38° 54.711′ N, 75° 25.698′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on South Walnut Street close to SE 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 South Walnut Street, Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert (a few steps from this marker); Causey House (a few steps from this marker); Milford (within shouting distance of this marker); Vale-Williams Memorial City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Depot, Junction & Breakwater Line (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pea Crop, Waiting Their Turn (about 500 feet away); Launching George May Sailing Ship, 1900 (about 600 feet away); Old Red Mill & L.D. Caulk Mfg. Plant (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
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