Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. After the defeat of the Union Army at Bull Run in 1861, he left his law practice to enlist and was commissioned Major of the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In November 1862, he was promoted Colonel in command of the 42nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was transferred to General Sherman’s Corps. He led the 42nd in the assault on Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi, as well as the Union victory at Arkansas Post. During the later stages of the Vicksburg campaign, his regiment was attached to General Grant’s command and saw action at Grand Gulf and Port Gibson. For meritorious service, he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. With the war at an end, he remained in the south and established a law practice in Carrollton, Louisiana. In 1868, he was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial District of Louisiana, serving till 1880. On March 14, 1881, President James A. Garfield nominated him Federal Judge of the U. S. Circuit Courts for the Fifth Circuit, Atlanta Georgia, a position he held until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Julia E. Hard Pardee