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Civil War Soldiers - Bussey

Bussey, Cyrus, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Hubbard, Trumbull county, Ohio, son of a Methodist minister. Commencing business life at the age of sixteen, after two years' experience in a drygoods store at Dupont, Ind., he studied several hours daily, and for two years studied medicine with his brother. Having removed to Iowa in 1855 he was elected to the state senate as a Democrat in 1858, was a delegate to the convention which nominated Stephen A. Douglas for president, and at the outbreak of the Civil war came out strongly in favor of the Union. He was appointed by Gov. Kirkwood to command the militia in the southern part of the state with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and on Aug. 10, 1861, became colonel of the 3d Iowa volunteer cavalry, which he had raised, and joined the Army of the Southwest. He commanded a brigade in the battle of Pea ridge, participated in the Arkansas campaign of 1862, leading the 3d brigade of Steele's division on July 10, commanded the district of eastern Arkansas from Jan. 11, 1863, until the following April, and then took charge of the 2nd cavalry division of the Army of the Tennessee. He led the advance, under Gen. Sherman, at the siege of Vicksburg and in the pursuit of Johnston, overtaking and defeating the Confederate general at Canton, Miss., and forcing him finally to retreat across Pearl river. He was made brigadier-general, for "special gallantry," Jan. 5, 1864, and shortly afterwards was given command of the district of Western Arkansas and the Indian Territory, where he soon broke up corruption and restored proper discipline. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, and, after the war, resumed his business as a commission merchant, first in St. Louis and then at New Orleans, where he was president of the chamber of commerce for six years, and was instrumental in securing an appropriation for the Eads jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi river. He was a delegate to the Republican national convention of 1868, was an active supporter of Blaine for president in 1884, and in 1889 was appointed assistant secretary of the interior. Gen. Bussey served in the interior department until 1893, and then opened in Washington an ofiice for the carrying on of a general practice of law before the district courts, the departments and congressional committees, in which he has been successful.

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

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