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Civil War Soldiers - Campbell

Campbell, Charles T., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Franklin county, Pa., Aug. 10, 1823. At the outbreak of the Mexican war he entered the army as 2nd lieutenant in the 8th U. S. infantry, was promoted to the rank of captain, Aug. 14, 1847, and was honorably discharged a year later. He was elected a member of the lower house of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1852. In Aug., 1861, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Penn. artillery, was made colonel the next month, and was later transferred to the 57th infantry. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862. Gen. Campbell's fame as a soldier is based chiefly upon his gallantry at the battle of Fair Oaks, where, after having his horse shot under him, he received two severe wounds and was taken prisoner with his regiment. He escaped by turning upon his captors and brought two hundred of them back to the Federal lines as prisoners. His wounds prevented any further active service, and on March 13, 1863, having been reappointed brigadier- general of volunteers his first commission expiring March 4, 1863, he was transferred to Dakota. Gen. Campbell died April 15, 1895.

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

Campbell, William B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Sumner county, Tenn., Aug. 19, 1807. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Tennessee, practicing in Carthage, was chosen district attorney for the fourth district in 1831, and became a member of the legislature in 1835. He raised a cavalry company, of which he became captain, and served in the Creek and Florida wars in 1836, and was from 1837 to 1843 a Whig member of Congress from Tennessee. He was elected major-general of militia in 1844, and served in the Mexican war as colonel of the 1st Tenn. volunteers, distinguishing himself at Monterey and Cerro Gordo, and commanding a brigade after Gen. Pillow was wounded. He was governor of Tennessee from 1851 to 1853, was chosen judge of the state circuit court in 1857, and on June 30, 1862, President Lincoln appointed him, without solicitation, brigadier- general of volunteers. He served until Jan. 23, 1863, when he resigned on account of failing health. He was elected to Congress in 1864, but was not allowed to take his seat until the end of the first year of his term. Gen. Campbell died in Lebanon, Tenn., Aug. 19, 1867.

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

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