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Civil War Soldiers - Ammen

Ammen, Jacob, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Botetourt county, Va., Jan. 7, 1808. In 1831 he was graduated at West Point and was then, until Aug. 31, 1832, assistant instructor on mathematics and military tactics. He then spent some time on duty in Charleston harbor during the trouble over the nullification acts of South Carolina, and, returning to West Point, resumed his work as instructor. In Nov., 1837, he resigned from the army to accept a professorship in mathematics in Bacon college, Georgetown, Ky. He continued to teach in various institutions, until 1855, and was then until 1861, a civil engineer at Ripley, O. On April 18, 1861, he became captain in the 12th Ohio volunteers, and shortly afterward was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, in which capacity he participated in the West Virginia campaign under Gen. McClellan. On July 16, 1862, after the campaigns in Tennessee and Mississippi, he was promoted to brigadier-general of volunteers, and had charge of camps of instruction in Ohio and Illinois until Dec. 16, 1863. From the following April, until Jan. 14, 1865, when he resigned, he was in command of the district of eastern Tennessee.

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



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