Civil War Union General. Born the son of Judge Beriah Loomis, Jr. and Mary (Benton) Loomis, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1811, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the artillery. During the War of 1812, he served in New York City from 1812 to 1813. Participated in the capture of Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in May 1813. In December of 1813, he was taken prisoner by the British upon their capture of Fort Niagara near Younstown, New York. From 1815 to 1820, he served as an ordnance officer and participated in coasal surveys. He was promoted to captain in 1819, and in 1821 he transferred to the infantry. In 1832, during the Black Hawk War, Loomis was stationed at Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Promoted to major in 1838, and lieutenant-colonel in 1840. He was commended in the report of Major-General (later President) Zachary Taylor, in 1839, for securing the frontier lands of Georgia during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Loomis was given command of the Sixth Infantry Regiment at Fort Towson, Florida in 1842. At Fort Towson, he purchased books for a library and maintained a school on the post. In 1844, he was given command at Fort Gibson (in present-day Oklahoma). At his new post, he built a church and a school upon the fort's grounds. Served during the Mexican–American War (1846-1848), and then the Third Seminole War (1855-1858). During the Civil War, he recruited volunteers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and superintended recruitment for the Union Army at Fort Columbus, New York. In the final year of the Civil War, after fifty-four years of service including participation in six wars, he was brevetted a Brigadier-General.
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Mary Ann Thomasine Codrington Loomis