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Gen James Birdseye McPherson
Birth: Nov. 14, 1828
Clyde
Sandusky County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 22, 1864
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Civil War Union Major General. Among McPherson's friends were Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant, all of them Ohioans who became Union Generals. Three became president. From 1849 to 1853, he was a top student of his class at West Point. At that time Robert E. Lee was the superintendent of the academy; Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was the commencement speaker at his graduation. He remained at West Point as an engineering instructor. He was later assigned to supervise harbor, river improvements and seacoast defenses on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts. At the battle of Vicksburg, he was given the command of the XVII Corps, at which time granted a furlough for the purpose of going to Baltimore to marry his girlfriend, Emily Hoffman. Before he could get there, he was recalled by General Grant to assist in planning the attack on Atlanta at which time he was given command of the Army of the Tennessee. While meeting with his orderly, they encountered a group of Confederate rebels and he was at the age of 35, shot and killed. Although, General McPherson never visited the State of Kansas, many of the surviving Civil War soldiers who served under him originated from here. In his honor, both the city and county of McPherson Kansas were named in his honor. 
 
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 Parents:
  William R McPherson (1796 - 1847)
  Cynthia Russell McPherson (1805 - 1883)
 
 Siblings:
  James Birdseye McPherson (1828 - 1864)
  Emeline E. McPherson VanDerCook (1830 - 1884)*
  Russell Bigelow McPherson (1832 - 1877)*
  William H McPherson (1835 - 1871)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Killed at the Battle of Atlanta
 
Burial:
McPherson Cemetery
Clyde
Sandusky County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 161, Space 4
 
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Record added: Feb 01, 1999
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- DENA ANN
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
150 years ago today
- MFPS
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
Rest In Peace James. You will always be remembered.
- Caroline
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
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