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John Murray Corse
Birth: Apr. 27, 1835
Death: Apr. 27, 1893

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Attended the USMA, but resigned after two years to enter law school. When the Civil War broke out, he was commissioned as Major of the 6th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. During the Union operations against the installations Island No. 10 and New Madrid on the Mississippi River, he served on the staff of Major General John Pope. Promoted to Colonel and commander of his regiment, he led it with distinction in the Battle of Cornith, and Ulysses S. Grant's successful operations to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi. On August 11, 1863 he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers. He performed outstanding service at the Battle of Chickamuaga, and was severely wounded in the November 1863 Battle of Chattanooga, but recovered sufficiently to join General William T. Sherman's Army of the Tennessee for the Summer 1864 Atlanta Campaign. First serving as General Sherman's Inspector General, he was given command of the XVI Corps' 2nd Division in July 1864. On October 5, 1864 he was assigned to re-enforce and guard the Union Army's communication lines at Allatoona Pass, Georgia with a small force. When Confederate General Samuel G. French's superior forces closed in on the area, he demanded the Union contingents surrender "to avoid a needless effusion of blood", to which General Corse responded defiantly, "We are prepared for the 'needless effusion of blood' whenever it is agreeable to you". The Confederates then attacked his position, but his outnumbered men fended them off until Union re-enforcements arrived. The very brutal engagement protected the Western and Atlantic Railroad for the Union, but caused over 1/5th of the participates to be killed or wounded. He himself was slightly wounded in the fight, and the next day he sent a famous telegram to General Sherman that read "I am short one cheekbone and one ear, but am able to whip all hell yet" (in reality, though, he was only slightly scratched). He led his division in the celebrated March to the Sea, then was assigned to command the XV Corps 4th Division, which he commanded in the final operations in the Carolinas. He declined an offer of a commission in the Regular Army, and was mustered out of service in 1866 with the brevet of Major General, US Volunteers. His postwar career would take him to Massachusetts, where he would become Postmaster of Boston and the Chairman of the Massachusetts State Democratic Committee. He died in Winchester, Massachusetts on his 58th birthday. A statue of General Corse stands in his honor today in Burlington, Iowa's Crapo Park. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Aspen Grove Cemetery
Burlington
Des Moines County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Corse Chapel
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Jan 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6133198
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 Added: Jun. 20, 2014
On Veterans Day, we remember, General, and thank you for your service and your courage and that of your Iowans.
- Soljerblue
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
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