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 John McNeil

John McNeil

Birth
Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 8 Jun 1891 (aged 78)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 35, Lot 1103
Memorial ID 18433 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brigadier General. His Civil War service was performed entirely within Missouri. A native of Nova Scotia, he moved to St. Louis in 1840 to engage in the fur trade. When the war broke out, he became colonel of the 3d Regiment, U.S. Reserve Corps & was involved in the capture of Camp Jackson. He became colonel of the 2d Missouri State Militia Cavalry & was promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers. In 1862, McNeil ordered 10 prisoners being held in Palmyra, Missouri shot in retaliation for the disappearance & presumed murder of a Union man. The political repercussions of the "Palmyra Massacre" dogged McNeil for the next 20 years. After the war McNeil was twice clerk of the criminal court of St. Louis County & county sheriff. He held a series of Federal positions including superintendent of the St. Louis branch post office.


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  • Added: 17 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18433
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John McNeil (14 Feb 1813–8 Jun 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18433, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .