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William "Bull" Nelson
Birth: Sep. 27, 1824
Death: Sep. 29, 1862

Civil War Union Major General. Born in Mayville, Kentucky, for over twenty years he served as an officer in the US Navy. Just after the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln authorized him to arm Kentucky loyalists with 5,000 muskets. This led to him being detached from the Navy to recruit 10,000 troops for a campaign into East Tennessee. He was appointed to Brigadier General of US Volunteers on September 16, 1861 and promoted to Major General in July 1862. During the defense of Louisville, Kentucky, in September 1862, his disdain lackadaisical behavior led Nelson to angrily dismiss Union Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis from his corps after a battle. On September 29, 1862, during an argument at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, Nelson was shot and killed by Union Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis. Davis was never prosecuted for the murder and both generals became better noted for that affair rather than the commendable service they both gave to their country. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Washington Nelson (1796 - 1849)
  Francis Doniphan Nelson (1795 - 1845)
 
 Sibling:
  Thomas Henry Nelson (1824 - 1896)*
  William Nelson (1824 - 1862)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Maysville Cemetery
Maysville
Mason County
Kentucky, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 26, 2001
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- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Nov. 29, 2013
Your temper got the best of you.Wish you could have controlled it and Jeff C Davis too.
- molly gilpin
 Added: Sep. 29, 2013

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 21, 2012
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