Civil War Union Brevet Major General, US Congressman, Explorer. At the onset of the Civil War in 1861, he recruited volunteers and was elected Colonel of the18th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Under his leadership, the 18th Indiana served in the Missouri campaigns, Arkansas campaigns and at the siege of Vicksburg. In 1864, he was promoted Brigadier General and served with General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. He was mustered out of the Army in July 1865 and for meritorious service was brevetted Major General. In 1866, he was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses, serving until 1869. Not a candidate for renomination, he was appointed Surveyor General of Montana in 1870 and headed an expedition of the Yellowstone River, discovering what is now known as Yellowstone Park. Mount Washburn, Montana, is named in his honor.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Serena Johnson Washburn