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John Benjamin Sanborn
Birth: Dec. 5, 1826
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: May 16, 1904
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. After the fall of Fort Sumter, Sanborn was appointed as the adjutant general of the state of Minnesota. He oversaw the organization and equiping of five regiments, a battalion, and two batteries to defend the Union. In December of 1861, he became the colonel of the 4th Minnesota Infantry and was sent to northern Mississippi. He led one of Rosecrans' brigades of the Army of Mississippi at the Battle of Iuka and sustained a twenty-seven percent casualty rate. In May of 1862, he commanded his regiment at the Battle of Corinth. From late 1862 through mid-1863, he led a brigade as part of Grant's central Mississippi campaign and Vicksburg campaign. He commanded the first brigade of Crocker's division. He led the advance of Union forces into Vicksburg after the surrender of that fortress. He received the commission of brigadier general on August 4, 1863 and in October of that year was sent to command Union forces in the district of southwestern Missouri. He led his men with distinction during Sterling Price's raid into Missouri in 1864. He was brevetted major general on February 10, 1865. At the conclusion of the Civil War, he was sent to the western frontier to help subdue hostile Indian tribes. He attempted a mediation of difficulties between Indians of the Indian Territory and their former slaves, who had been freed by treaty and the Thirteenth Amendment. He was appointed along with Kit Carson and William Bent to negotiate a peace treaty with several tribes in late 1865. From February of 1867 to 1869, he was a member of the Indian Peace Commission that negotiated the Medicine Lodge Treaty. In late 1869, he was mustered out of the service and returned to Minnesota to become involved in politics and veterans' organizations (bio by: Thomas Fisher) 
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  Rachael Rice Sanborn (1855 - 1938)
  Anna Elmer Nixon Sanborn (____ - 1878)*
  Catharine Hall Sanborn (1828 - 1860)*
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Oakland Cemetery
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 2, Lot 71-74
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Originally Created by: Thomas Fisher
Record added: Jun 22, 2009
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Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: May. 16, 2016

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 15, 2014

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