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ALDEN, Roger, soldier, born in "Lebanon, Connecticut, 11 February 1754; died in West Point, New York, 5 November 1836. He was graduated at Yale in 1773, and served in the revolutionary war as aide to General Greene. Subsequently he became agent of the Holland Land county, and resided at Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1795 to 1825. He was appointed ordnance storekeeper at West Point, 20 Jan, 1825, and remained as such until his death. He was a great-grandson of John Alden.*His son, Bradford R., soldier, was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1800; died in Newport, Rhode Island, 10 September 1870. After graduation at West Point in 1831 he passed through the usual experiences of young officers in camp and garrison life with the 4th Infantry. He was an instructor at West Point. in 1833-'40, and then served for nearly two years as aide to General Scott. After three years of garrison duty he was appointed commandant at West Point, 14 December 184,5, and remained there until 1 November 1852. In the frontier service that followed, he led an important expedition against the Rouge River Indians, was severely wounded in action, 24 August 1853, and resigned in consequence on the 29th of September in the same year. He never fully recovered from his wound, and was unable to serve in the civil war. He was a man of fine literary taste and culture, and passed several years of his civil life in Europe.
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