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 Cyrus Bussey

Cyrus Bussey

Birth
Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Death 2 Mar 1915 (aged 81)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site 1432
Memorial ID 12804 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General. Having moved to Indiana when he was 4, he took a position as clerk in a dry good store in 1847, and with 2 years' experience opened his own business in Dupont, settling with his wife in Bloomfield, Iowa, a decade later. There he entered local politics, and was elected to the state senate in 1858. He supported Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency at the 1860 Democratic convention. He may have had some prewar militia experience, because the governor placed him in command of militia in southeastern Iowa early in 1861. He was involved in skirmishing with Missouri secessionists before being muster into Federal service as Colonel of the 3rd Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. His soldiering abilities were adequate, though he won neither great praise nor high command during his military career. At the Battle of Pea Ridge, on March 6th and 7th, 1862, his men, plus an additional small force and 3 cannon, fought bravely but were repulsed by Confederate Brigadier General Albert Pike's Indian troops. During Major General Frederick Steele's successful winter 1862 to 1863 expedition against Arkansas Post, he had command of a full cavalry brigade, which he retained through the Vicksburg Campaign. He was appointed Brigadier General on January 5, 1864, and spent the rest of his career on garrison duty and in minor operations in the Southwest. After briefly commanding the District of Eastern Arkansas, he was ordered to Fort Smith in February 1865. His last few months of service were uneventful, though he was advanced to Brevet Major General and directed the victory celebration at Fort Smith when Charleston surrendered. Postwar he resumed business as a commission merchant in, successively, St. Louis, New Orleans, and New York City. He reentered politics as a delegate to the Republican national conventions in 1868 and 1884. President Benjamin Harrison appointed him assistant secretary of the interior in 1889, and over the next 4 years he generously distributed pensions to Union veterans. He practiced law in Washington D.C., from 1893 until his death there.

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  • Added: 8 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12804
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cyrus Bussey (5 Oct 1833–2 Mar 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12804, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .