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U.S. Marshals Service

District of South Dakota

United States Marshal Harrison Allen

Marshal Harrison Allen


Harrison Allen was appointed U. S. Marshal for Dakota Territory August 4, 1882 by President Chester Arthur 


Birth:  Dec 4, 1835, Death Sept 23, 1904

Harrison Allen was a Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General.

Harrison Allen served in the Civil War first as Major of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves, as Colonel and commander of the nine-month enlistment regiment 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry whom he led at the Battles of Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.  Allen missed the Battle of Gettysburg due to illness where it was heroically commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George McFarland. On July 1, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, he led the unit in the Union I Corps initial defense of the McPherson Woods area. There he was severely wounded, and left the field, giving command of the regiment to junior officers.

He was retroactively promoted to Brigadier General, United States Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services".  

After the war General Allen entered politics, serving as a delegate to the 1868 Republican Convention, served as Pennsylvania State Auditor General (1872 to 1875), and state senator (1870 - 1872). 

In 1882 General Allen was appointed United States Marshal for Dakota Territory, where he remained active in Republican politics while pursuing stage coach robbers and horse thieves.  General Harrison Allen is interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Arlington National Cemetery

The Brevet Generals of the American Civil War

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