Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Burlington, Vermont, he graduated from the US Military Academy in 1846, as an officer in the 1st artillery and served in the Mexico War. At the start of the Civil War, he took part in the defense of Fort Sumter and commanded the 5th Artillery at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Commissioned Colonel Chief of Artillery in April, 1862, he served in the campaigns of South Mountain and Antietam. In November, 1862, he was promoted Brigadier General and led a division on Folly Island, South Carolina in July, 1963. In 1864, he was in charge of an expedition to Florida and led a brigade in the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac at the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was captured. He was prisoner exchanged in August, 1864, led a division in the Shenandoah Valley Richmond campaign and engaged in the assault at Petersburg resulting in the Confederate surrender in March, 1865. For gallantry and valuable services in action, he was brevetted Major General of US Volunteers. After the war he commanded forts in Florida, Fort Warren, Massachusetts and Fort Preble, Maine. He retired from active service in 1876, relocated to Europe and resided mostly in Florence, Italy, until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Louisa Weir Seymour