Abram Sanders Piatt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Benjamin McCullough Piatt of Ohio and Elizabeth Barnett of Virginia. His father was a Federal Circuit Judge and entrepreneur engaged in land development and flat boat trade in Cincinnati.
|Piatt Park in Cincinnati, donated by Abram's father, Benjamin, and uncle, John|
|Jacob Piatt, Abram's Grandfather|
|One of "Piatt's Zouaves", 34th Ohio Infantry|
In 1862, Piatt was promoted to brigadier general and assigned command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Headquarters, Mountain Department. Later serving in the Army of the Potomac, he saw action at the Second Battle of Bull Run that August.
|Aftermath of Second Bull Run|
|Battle of Fredericksburg|
Abram was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, 1865–66, and was the Washington correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial from 1868-71. He established and edited, with George Alfred Townsend, the Capital, a weekly newspaper, at Washington, D.C., 1871–72, and was its editor-in-chief, 1873-80. He was arrested in 1876 by order of President Ulysses S. Grant on the charge of inciting the people through his paper to rebellion, insurrection and riot.
Abram retired to his estate Mac-a-cheek in 1880 and devoted himself to literary work. He edited Belford's Magazine from 1888-89.
|Abram Piatt on horse at Mac-A-Cheek Castle|
|William McCoy Piatt|