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MG James Sanks Brisbin

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MG James Sanks Brisbin

  • Birth 23 May 1837 Boalsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1892 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 5892343

Civil War Union Brevetted Major General. When the Civil War broke out, he was a lawyer in practice when commissioned a Captain in the First Dragoons, Union Army in 1861. Known in Pennsylvania as an antislavery orator, he was promoted Colonel and organized the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry, serving in the major theaters of the war, as a line officer, elevating to the rank of Brigadier General. For his contributions to Union war effort, he was brevetted Major General of US volunteers in 1865. After the war he remained in the regular army, aiding in the establishment of other colored regiments and served in the northwestern United States as an officer in several cavalry regiments. He retired form active service in 1882. He was also a prolific writer, known for his works on the Army Indian Wars, the West and Montana Territory.

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  • Added: 26 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5892343
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MG James Sanks Brisbin (23 May 1837–14 Jan 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5892343, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .