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Civil War Soldiers - Bidwell

Bidwell, Daniel D., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born about 1816 in Buffalo, N. Y., where he became a prominent and influential citizen, and for more than twenty years was identified with the military organizations of the city. When the war broke out he was holding the office of police justice, but resigned his position and entered the 65th N. Y. infantry as a private, and was subsequently appointed brigade inspector. Upon the death of the captain of his company he resigned that position, accepted the command vacated, and withdrawing it from the regiment reorganized it as an independent citizens' corps, thus forming the nucleus of what was afterward known as the 74th N. Y. infantry. In Sept., 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the 49th N. Y. infantry, served with it through the Peninsular campaign, and during the Seven Days' battles was in command of a brigade, continuing in charge from Harrison's landing to Washington and up to the time of the battles of South mountain and Antietam, when he resumed command of his regiment. Col. Bidwell took a prominent part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, commanded a brigade at Gettysburg, and when Gen. Grant took command of the armies in Virginia was again placed in charge of a brigade, participating in all the battles near Petersburg. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers in July, 1864, and served with honor in all the battles in the Shenandoah valley, under Gen. Sheridan, up to the battle of Cedar creek, in which engagement he was killed.

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

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