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Civil War Soldiers - Brannan

Brannan, John M., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the District of Columbia, in 1819, and was graduated at the United States military academy at West Point in 1841. He served at Plattsburg, N. Y., during the border disturbances in 1840-41, and in the Mexican war as 1st lieutenant of the 1st artillery. He took part in most of the important engagements of the Mexican war, was severely wounded in the assault on the City of Mexico, and came out of the contest with the brevet of captain. He served in the Seminole war in Florida in 1856-58, and entered the Civil war as brigadier- general of volunteers. He was made brevet lieutenant-colonel in the regular army for gallantry at the battle of Jacksonville, Fla., in 1862, and in Sept., 1863, won the brevet of colonel for meritorious service at the battle of Chickamauga. On Jan. 23, 1865, he was brevetted major-general of volunteers and on March 13, 1865, was given the brevet of major-general in the regular army for services at Atlanta. He was active in the Tennessee and Georgia campaigns, fighting with distinction in most of the battles of each. He was mustered out of the volunteer service in 1866, and, after a short leave of absence, was placed in command of Fort Trumbull, Conn. Subsequently he served at Ogdensburg, N. Y., during the Fenian disturbances of 1870, and at Philadelphia, in 1877, during the railroad riots, commanding United States troops in both places. He was retired from the active service in 1882 and died Dec. 16, 1892.

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

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