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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