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Civil War Soldiers - Busteed

Busteed, Richard, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Cavan, Ireland, Feb. 16, 1822, son of George Washington Busteed, emancipationist, colonel in the British army, and afterwards barrister in Dublin, who moved to London, Canada, where he published a paper called the "True Patriot." Richard Busteed worked as a boy as compositor for his father, afterwards following this vocation in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hartford, Conn., and New York city, where he also engaged in preaching for a while by license of the Methodist church. He was admitted to the bar in 1846, was corporation counsel of New York city from 1856 to 1859, and supported Douglas for president in 1860. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers and served at Yorktown, but handed in his resignation, March 10, 1863, fearing that his sentiments on the slavery question would prevent the appointment being confirmed by the senate. He was appointed United States district judge for Alabama in 1864, making decisions while in that office which were afterwards confirmed by the supreme court, and in 1874 resigned to resume his law practice in New York. He died in New York city, Sept. 14, 1898.

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

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