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Civil War Soldiers - Belknap
|Belknap, William W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army,
was born in Newburgh, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1829. In 1848 he was graduated
from Princeton university, afterwards studied law, and in 1851 moved
to Keokuk, Ia., to practice his profession. While residing there he
was elected, in 1857 as a Democrat, to the state legislature. When the
Civil war broke out he joined the Union forces as major of the 15th
Iowa volunteers, fought at Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg, and
distinguished himself during Sherman's Atlanta campaign. He was
promoted to brigadier-general on July 30, 1864, and on March 13, 1865,
was given the brevet rank of major-general of volunteers. After the
war he was collector of internal revenue from 1865 to 1869, when he
was appointed secretary of war. He held this office during the entire
administration of Gen. Grant until March 7, 1876, when, on account of
charges of official corruption, he resigned. He was impeached on
charges of accepting bribes, but, as his resignation took effect
before the trial was actually begun, the proceedings were dropped for
lack of jurisdiction. He died in 1890.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908