Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A successful livestock broker at the outbreak of the rebellion, he enlisted in the 9th Illinois Cavalry and was commissioned Major on September 24, 1861. On February 18, 1862, he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and led the 9th in the siege at Cache River Bridge, Arkansas on May 28, 1862. On January 16, 1863, he was appointed Colonel, went to Camp Fry, Chicago and organized the 147th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. In February 1865, the 147th moved to Dalton, Georgia combined with the 145th, 155th Indiana, 151st Illinois, 187th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the Georgia Battalion with Colonel Sickles in command of the post. As the staff officer in command of over seeing unit deployments, he was brevetted Brigadier General U.S. Army March 13, 1865 and assumed command of Brigade on May 14, 1865. October 16, 1865, the Brigade was ordered dissolved and he mustered out with his command from Savannah, Georgia, on January 24, 1866. After the war he resumed the livestock trade, relocated in Colorado and remained till his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith