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Civil War Soldiers - Cameron

Cameron, Robert A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1828. He was graduated at the Indiana medical college in 1850, studied for a while at the Rush medical college in Chicago, and then practiced his profession until 1861 at Valparaiso, Ind. He also published the Valparaiso "Republican," and was a member of the Indiana legislature for one term. At the outbreak of the Civil war, in 1861, he entered the national service as captain in the 9th Ind. volunteers, became lieutenant-colonel of the 19th Ind. infantry the same year, and in 1862 was made colonel of the 34th, taking part in the engagements at Philippi, Carrick's ford, Island No. 10, New Madrid, Port Gibson, Memphis and Vicksburg. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Aug. 11, 1863, and in Banks' Red River expedition of 1864 commanded the 13th army corps after Gen. Ransom was wounded. Then, until the close of the war, he commanded the district of La Fourche, La., and on March 13, 1865, he was made brevet major-general of volunteers. After the war he became actively engaged in founding colonies in the west Greeley, Manitou and Colorado Springs being among those founded by him. He was appointed warden of the Colorado penitentiary in 1885, and in 1888 became commissioner of immigration of the Denver, Texas & Fort Worth railroad. He died in Carson City, Col., March 15, 1894.

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

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