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Civil War Soldiers - Ames

General Adelbert AmesAmes, Adelbert, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Rockland, Me., Oct. 31, 1835. He was graduated at West Point in 1861, and assigned to the 5th artillery. At the battle of Bull Run he was wounded, and was brevetted for gallantry in that action. He was present at the siege of Yorktown, and the battles of Gaines' mill, Malvern hill, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, and Gettysburg, besides many minor engagements in Virginia throughout the Civil war. Having been brevetted colonel for gallantry, he commanded a brigade and at times a division, in the Army of the Potomac in the operations before Petersburg in 1864. Gallant conduct at the capture of Fort Fisher in 1865 won for him the brevet of major-general of volunteers, and, later, he was brevetted major- general, U. S. A., for "gallant and meritorious conduct in the field during the rebellion." After the war he was promoted to the full rank of lieutenant-colonel in the regular army, and on July 15, 1868, was appointed temporary governor of Mississippi, his authority being extended later to include the 4th military district. In 1870 he was elected United States senator, a position which he resigned three years later to accept the office of governor. This office he resigned in 1876, removing to New York, and later to Lowell, Mass. On June 20, 1898, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, in which capacity he served throughout the war with Spain.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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