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Civil War Soldiers - Brisbin

Brisbin, James S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Boalsburg, Pa., about 1838. He received a classical education, taught school, and became well known before the Civil war as an anti-slavery orator. Enlisting in the Civil war as a private, he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, and fought in the battle of Bull Run, July, 1861, where he was severely wounded. In Aug., 1861, he was promoted captain of the 2nd cavalry and fought with distinction in the following May, with the Army of the Potomac. He was present at Malvern hill and most of the other battles of the Peninsular campaign, and also in the Blue Ridge expedition, and for meritorious service at the battle of Beverly ford, Va., June 9, 1863, was brevetted major U. S. A. He commanded the Pennsylvania state cavalry at Gettysburg, and then joined Banks' Red River expedition as chief of cavalry on the staff of Gen. A. L. Lee. Being wounded at Sabine cross-roads, April 8, 1864, he returned north and became chief of staff to Gen. S. G. Burbridge in his operations in Kentucky and Tennessee. Near the close of the war he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel and colonel U. S. A., brigadier-general of volunteers and major-general of volunteers and promoted to the full rank of brigadier-general of volunteers, receiving his brevets for gallant action at Beverly, Va., and Marion, Va., and meritorious service during the war. He was mustered out of the volunteer service in 1866, and became captain in the 6th U. S. cavalry. In January, 1868, he was promoted to major of the 2nd cavalry, was made lieutenant-colonel of the 9th cavalry in 1885, and on Aug. 20, 1889, became colonel of the 1st cavalry. He died Jan. 14, 1892.

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

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