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Civil War Soldiers - Carrington

Carrington, Henry B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Wallingford, Conn., March 2, 1824, was graduated at Yale in 1845, spent several years in teaching, and was, in 1848, admitted to the bar, beginning practice in that year in Columbus, Ohio. He was an active anti-slavery Whig, and in 1854 helped in the organization of the Republican party. He was appointed judge-advocate-general by Gov. Chase in 1857, and aided in the organization of the state militia, was afterwards appointed inspector-general, and was adjutant-general of Ohio when the war began. As adjutant-general he placed ten regiments of Ohio infantry in West Virginia before volunteers could be mustered, and organized the first twenty-six Ohio regiments. He received an appointment as colonel in the regular army, May 14, 1861, commanded the camp of instruction at Fort Thomas, Ohio, commanded a brigade at Lebanon, Ky., served as chief muster officer in Indiana in 1862, mustering 100,000 troops, and on the occasion of Morgan's raid into Indiana, having been made a brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, he commanded the militia of that state, aided in raising the siege of Frankfort, Ky., and afterward gave publicity to the charges against the "Sons of Liberty." He was mustered out of the volunteer service in Sept., 1865, was president of a military commission to try guerrillas in November, and in 1866 was given command of Fort Kearny, Neb. He opened a road to Montana, in May, 1866, in spite of interference by hostile Sioux, conducted the military operations in Kentucky until the close of 1869, and in 1870 was retired. He was then, until 1873, professor at Wabash college, and after that devoted his attention to literary work.

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

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