Torbert, Alfred Thomas Archimedes
- Edward G. Longacre
Torbert, Alfred Thomas Archimedes (01 July 1833–29 August 1880), soldier and diplomat, was born in Georgetown, Delaware, the son of Jonathan R. Torbert, a farmer, bank official, and Methodist preacher, and Catharine Milby. He received a local education, followed by matriculation at the U.S. Military Academy in 1851. At West Point, where his foppish mannerisms won him the nickname “Daisy,” Torbert proved to be a mediocre student. At graduation in July 1855 he ranked twenty-first in his class of thirty-four cadets and was posted to the Fifth U.S. Infantry. Over the next three years he campaigned against Native Americans in Texas, Missouri, the New Mexico Territory, and Florida; in 1857 he accompanied Colonel ...