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Civil War Soldiers - Casey

Casey, Silas, major-general, U.S. Army, was born in East Greenwich, R. I., July 12, 1807, was graduated in the U. S. military academy at West Point in 1826, and then, until the outbreak of the Civil war, served on frontier and garrison duty, and in the battles of the Florida and Mexican wars. Entering the Civil war with the rank of colonel in the regular army and brigadier-general of volunteers, he was assigned a division in Gen. Keyes' corps of the Army of the Potomac, and, occupying with it the extreme advance before Richmond, received the first attack of the enemy at Fair Oaks, so distinguishing himself as to win promotion to brevet brigadier-general U. S. A., and major-general of volunteers. He was from 1863 to 1865 president of the board for examining candidates for officers of colored troops, and on March 13, 1865, was brevetted major-general in the regular army. He was mustered out of the volunteer service Aug. 24, 1865, and later in that year was given command of troops at Fort Wayne, Detroit, Mich. He was retired from the active service, July 8, 1868, on his own request, after forty consecutive years of service, and died in Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1882.

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

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